The University of Texas at Austin is home to the Central Intelligence Agency’s first resident intelligence officer (RIO) under its new Visiting Intelligence Officer Program. As UT’s RIO, Alan Kessler joins the university community to help bridge the gap between the intelligence community and academia. Kessler will work within the LBJ School of Public Affairs through fall 2020.
Kessler’s priorities include teaching, engaging with faculty members on research and analysis, and serving as a resource for students interested in intelligence and government work. He said he especially looks forward to advising students about career opportunities in the intelligence community and sharing insights about public service.
“We welcome Professor Kessler and the CIA’s investment in the LBJ School’s national security programs,” said Stephen Slick, a clinical professor at the LBJ School and director of UT’s Intelligence Studies Project. “Professor Kessler is already making an impact by offering innovative new courses and counseling students on national security careers.”