Open forum hosts ex-Secret Service Agent

Posted Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 12:00am

A veteran 26-year U.S. Secret Service Agent will speak at the College of Eastern Utah on Thursday, April 14 at 10 a.m. in the Jennifer Leavitt Student Center.

Michael A. Pritchard was the Special-Agent-in-Charge of the Dallas Field Office of the U.S. Secret Service. During his 26-year career, he was stationed in Memphis, Washington, D.C., The White House, Counter Terrorism Team, in Jacksonville, in Charlotte, and in Houston.

During Pritchard's tenure with the Secret Service, he protected six U.S.presidents and served as the detail leader on numerous visiting foreign heads of state. During his career, Pritchard conducted investigative and protective assignments around the world in over 38 countries. He retired as a member of the Government's Senior Executive Service.

He received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Marines in 1970.

After the military, Pritchard earned a bachelor's of science degree in criminal justice from Georgia State University, and pursued graduate study at George Washington University. He received additional training in strategic planning at John Hopkins University. He began his career as a homicide detective with the Atlanta Police Department.

He is a frequent guest speaker to numerous federal, state and local law enforcement organizations on counterterrorism.

Pritchard currently serves on the National Executive Board for the Department of Homeland Security Emergency Response Network and is a member of the Executive Board of the Association of Former Agents of the United States Secret Service.

As vice president of Global Security, Pritchard is responsible for all matters concerning protection of Hunt personnel and assets around the world.

Criminal Justice department instructor, Steve Burge, is bringing Pritchard to campus. "I met him last fall while visiting the Hunt Oil property in the County (the company owns about 30,000 acres in the Tavaputs Plateau area, including the Nutter Ranch in Nine-Mile Canyon). I spent hours talking to him and was fascinated by his experiences with presidents and numerous world leaders – he tells of his his experience with ex-President Ford when President Reagan was shot. His inside scoop is tantalizing."

ASCEU and the Law and Order Society are hosting Pritchard while he is on campus.

That evening, he will be speaking at the Elk's Club as part of a fund-raiser dinner for the Family Support and Children's Justice Center. The proceeds from the dinner will go towards a building fund to construct a new Children's Justice Center building.

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