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Villanova University’s 2015 Spotlight on Leadership Lecture to Feature Acting Director of the United States Secret Service and University Alumnus Joseph P. Clancy

Recently Appointed Head of Federal Law Enforcement Agency will Speak about Leadership Qualities Employed in New Role

Joseph Clancy

VILLANOVA, Pa. Villanova University will welcome Joseph P. Clancy, Acting Director of the United States Secret Service and a University alumnus back to campus Wednesday, Feb. 11 as the featured speaker for its fifth annual “Spotlight on Leadership” lecture series.

Clancy, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science/criminal justice from Villanova’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 1978, was appointed to the top Secret Service position in October 2014.  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.

“It is a privilege to welcome Joseph Clancy back to Villanova University to deliver our Fifth Annual Spotlight on Leadership Lecture,” said Ralph Gigliotti, assistant director for student development leadership programs.  “The lecture showcases an individual who embodies exemplary leadership.”

“Clancy serves as an outstanding role model for Villanova students. He has a proven record of leadership in the Secret Service – an organization that calls for an unwavering and selfless commitment to others,” Gigliotti added.

The program, which will be held at 4:30 p.m. in the Villanova Room of the Connelly Center on the University’s main campus, is open to the campus community. Tickets are no longer available.

The Spotlight on Leadership lecture recognizes and celebrates leadership in a myriad of settings. It is sponsored by Villanova’s Office of Student Development. Past speakers have included Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward, Cambodian human rights activist and CNN Hero Somaly Mam, Newark, NJ Mayor, the Honorable Corey Booker, and Darfuri human rights activist Hawa Abdallah Mohammed Salih.

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.