Kevin McAleenan To Visit Anderson University Oct. 20


Anderson, Ind. — Kevin McAleenan, chief executive officer at Pangiam and former acting secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, will visit Anderson University October 20.

McAleenan will join President John S. Pistole on stage at York Auditorium for a fireside chat at 7:30 p.m. and the event will be open to the public. Media are encouraged to attend and will have an opportunity to ask questions following the event.

Prior to his role as CEO of Pangiam, McAleenan spent decades managing multi‐thousand, cross-functional teams for U.S. national security agencies around the world. He served as acting secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from April 7, 2019, to October 11, 2019, and in this role he managed over 240,000 employees and components of multiple security agencies including the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the Coast Guard, and more. 

Before his appointment to DHS, McAleenan was with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for 16 years and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as commissioner of the CBP in March 2018. Under his leadership, CBP developed strategies that protect the nation’s borders from terrorism and transnational criminal networks. During his tenure, CBP implemented innovations that have facilitated the U.S. international arrival and departure process, saving the government and travel industry millions of dollars. Additionally, under his leadership, CBP developed a trade transformation agenda, designed to help America compete in the global economy.

McAleenan has received numerous awards for his service and leadership, including a Presidential Rank Award — the nation’s highest civil service award, and the Service to America Medal, Call to Service Award.

Media interested in attending this event should contact Zach Wadley, assistant director of communications, in advance at or (765) 641-4238.

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.