RIT grad to lead Diplomatic Security Service

Jeffrey Culver ’82 named director by Hillary Clinton

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U.S. Department of State

Jeffrey Culver in his Arlington, Va., office.


Jeffrey W. Culver ’82 (criminal justice) has been selected as director of the Diplomatic Security Service and principal deputy assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security. The bureau has more than 35,000 employees worldwide.

Culver was appointed by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

“I never expected to be among such a select group,” says Culver. “The magnitude of this job is just now sinking in.”

Culver entered Diplomatic Security in September 1987. During his 22 years with the bureau, he served 13 years overseas as regional security officer at U.S. embassies in Israel, India, Kenya, the United Arab Emirates and Tanzania. Culver later became director of the Office of Antiterrorism Assistance, overseeing an international training program. The $145 million dollar program currently provides antiterrorism assistance and training to law enforcement and civilian security agencies of 72 partner countries.

The Bureau of Diplomatic Security is the U.S. Department of State’s law enforcement and security arm. The special agents, engineers, and security professionals of the bureau are responsible for the security of 285 U.S. diplomatic facilities around the world. In the United States, Diplomatic Security personnel investigate passport and visa fraud, conduct personnel security investigations, and protect the Secretary of State and high-ranking foreign dignitaries and officials visiting the United States.