John Pistole is the fifth President in the near 100-year history of Anderson University, a Christian liberal arts school located in Anderson, Indiana. Prior to his University Presidency, John completed a distinguished career in public service that spanned over three decades. He is the former Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), where he served as the administration’s leader from 2010 to 2014, following a Presidential appointment and Senate confirmation. John provided vision and leadership for the TSA overseeing its 60,000 employees and a seven billion dollar annual budget. His leadership served as the foundation to a transportation security operation that provided effective and efficient transportation security for more than 650 million airline passengers in the United States each year. His vision transformed the TSA from its former “one size fits all” security posture, to a risk-based, intelligence driven model. John is credited with achieving significant efficiencies at the TSA, including a savings of $100 million dollars in fiscal year 2014 alone, improving the TSA’s morale and improving the agency’s image and branding with the traveling public and the United States Congress. John has testified numerous times in both the United States House of Representatives and Senate on a myriad of topics including risk based security, airline operations and safety as well as appropriations.
Prior to his appointment as TSA Administrator, John was a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), serving in positions of increasing responsibility during his 26-year career at the FBI. The FBI Director and the Attorney General of the United States named John as the FBI’s Deputy Director, a position he held from 2004 to 2010. In that capacity, John provided leadership and direction, overseeing the FBI’s daily operations across its 56 field offices in the United States, its more than 70 Legal Attaché offices overseas and its extraterritorial global operations. John helped define and implement a new strategic vision for the FBI post September 11, 2001. He was instrumental in the FBI’s transformation from a traditional law enforcement agency to an intelligence driven, national security organization.