Villanova University Alumnus Joseph P. Clancy ’78 Named Director of the U.S. Secret Service

On Feb. 18, President Barack Obama named Joseph Clancy the permanent head of the U.S. Secret Service

Clancy had been heading the agency on an interim basis since Oct. 2014

Villanova University Alumnus Joseph P. Clancy ’78 Named Director of the U.S. Secret Service

VILLANOVA, Pa. – On Wednesday, Feb. 18, President Barack Obama named Villanova University alumnus Joseph P. Clancy, ’78 CLAS, the permanent Director of the U.S. Secret Service. Clancy had been heading the agency on an interim basis for the past four-and-a-half months.

A 27-year veteran of the Secret Service, the Philadelphia native rose to the rank of Special Agent in Charge of the Presidential Protective Division before retiring in 2011. He served as Executive Director of Cable Security at Comcast Corporation prior to accepting the position of Acting Director of the Secret Service in Oct. 2014.

 Clancy, who holds a bachelor’s degree in political science/criminal justice from the University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), visited Villanova’s campus Feb. 11 as the featured speaker at the University’s Fifth-Annual Spotlight on Leadership Lecture Series. A capacity crowd of 700 students, faculty and staff filled the Villanova Room to hear his address.

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's six colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.