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Transforming the TSA, Administrator Speaks to Seton Hall Community  

Peter Neffenger

The Seton Hall School of Diplomacy and International Relations is proud to host a major address by Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration, Peter Neffenger, entitled Entrepreneurship in Government: Lessons from TSA's Transformation on Tuesday, November 29 at 4 p.m. in Seton Hall's Jubilee Hall Auditorium.

The Transportation Security Administration faces the formidable task of ensuring the security of the Nation's transportation systems. In the face of rapidly-evolving threats to transportation from terrorist groups and the individuals they inspire, the TSA is undergoing a profound cultural transformation. They are challenging their strategy and their approach to operations, and in doing so, are improving security effectiveness and workforce commitment. They are reimagining the transportation security ecosystem to meet the security challenges of today, anticipate the demands of tomorrow and reduce friction to the traveler. Administrator Peter Neffenger will discuss TSA changes over the last 18 months and how he is driving the transformation of his agency.

Building upon an impressive series of recent events featuring high level government officials including Cabinet Member and U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power; National Security Advisor, Ambassador Susan Rice; and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Robert Menendez; the School of Diplomacy is delighted to host this timely event. "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to host Vice Admiral Neffenger at this pivotal time when disparate views of approaching homeland security have been international news on a near daily basis. The way that the Administrator has been able to transform the Transportation Security Administration is remarkable," said School of Diplomacy Dean Andrea Bartoli.

Vice Admiral Peter V. Neffenger leads a workforce of nearly 60,000 people. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Transportation Security Administration's sixth administrator in June 2015 and is responsible for counterterrorism and security operations at 440 airports throughout the United States, the Federal Air Marshall Service, and shared security for rail, pipeline and ports. Before joining TSA, Neffenger served as the 29th Vice Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard and as the Coast Guard's Deputy Commandant for Operations. He is a recognized expert in crisis management, port security, and oversight of the commercial maritime industry. Most notably, he served as the Deputy National Incident Commander for the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the largest and most complex in U.S. history. Neffenger was commissioned in 1982 through the Coast Guard Officer Candidate School. He holds an M.P.A. from Harvard University, an M.S. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College, and a M.A. in Business Management from Central Michigan University. He earned his B.A. from Baldwin Wallace University. He is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy and a former Fellow on the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Limited seating for this event is available to the Seton Hall community and RSVP will be required for entry. For details on reserving your spot, please visit Live video streaming will also be available.

Please print out and bring your confirmation email as proof of registration for admittance to the event.

Unable to join us on campus? Visit for a live video feed of the discussion beginning at 4 p.m.

Please note: Due to security concerns and pressing matters of homeland security, the time and location of the event are subject to change. In case of these circumstances, notification emails will be sent out promptly.

Categories: Nation and World

For more information, please contact:

  • Elizabeth Halpin
  • (973) 275-2560
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