John P. Culhane Jr., J.D. is a 1974 graduate of Saint John Fisher College with a BA in English and a 1976 graduate of Saint Mary’s University School of Law where he received the degree of Juris Doctor. Professor Culhane was appointed the Chairperson of the Criminal Justice Studies Division here at Hilbert College on August 1, 2014. Professor Culhane is also the Advisor to the Student Veterans Association at Hilbert College and is himself a former Chief Warrant Officer Helicopter Pilot, having served with the First Air Cavalry Division in Viet Nam.
Professor Culhane is a retired Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Supervisory Special Agent with over 30 years of progressively responsible leadership experience in federal law enforcement. His experience includes investigative and intelligence operations management, strategic planning/coordination, and program development, of FBI investigative programs to include resource and budget allocation and oversight. He has had extensive experience in; Legal Counsel, Terrorism, Homeland Security (National Infrastructure Protection, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and Infragard), Intelligence, Civil Rights, Crisis Management, Applicants, Teaching, and Ethics Training.
Culhane, after serving a short time as an Assistant District Attorney in Monroe County, New York, was appointed and sworn as a Special Agent of the FBI in September 1978 and subsequently attended and graduated from the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He served as a Special Agent until 1996, when he was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent. Culhane has provided management oversight for many high-profile FBI operations including, the development of the (Buffalo) FBI Post-9/11 strategic priorities, the operation and supervision of the Buffalo Division Intelligence Desk following the events of 9/11, the management of Command Post and Intelligence operations following the assassination of Dr. Barnett Slepian by James Charles Kopp, and subsequent FBI supervision and resolution of the Top Ten Fugitive Investigation. In that regard the Buffalo Division of the FBI received two Attorney General Awards, The FBI Director’s Award and The Service to America Medal for investigative excellence in the Lackawanna Six terrorism investigation and the James Charles Kopp Top Ten Fugitive Investigation.
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