Renowned Navy SEAL and former acting National Intelligence Director, Vice Admiral (Ret.) Joe Maguire, appointed Professor of Practice at the LBJ School and Executive Director of Clements Center for National Security at The University of Texas

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February 7, 2024
Joseph Maguire, Professor of Practice at the LBJ School of Public Affairs

The LBJ School is pleased to welcome Vice Admiral (Ret.) Joe Maguire as a new Professor of Practice and the Executive Director of the Clements Center for National Security at The University of Texas at Austin. With more than four decades of experience on the front lines and in the situation room, Admiral Maguire will teach courses on national security, intelligence, leadership, and ethics to master’s students studying public affairs and global policy. Maguire, who holds the Sid Richardson Visiting Chair at the LBJ School, will begin his appointment on March 1, 2024.

“Admiral Maguire's distinguished career as a Navy SEAL and his subsequent leadership roles in the intelligence community make him an invaluable addition to the LBJ School faculty,” said JR DeShazo, Dean of the LBJ School. “We are thrilled to welcome him as a Professor of Practice and the Executive Director of the Clements Center.”

Admiral Maguire served as a Navy SEAL for 36 years until his retirement in 2010. In his post-military career, Maguire served as Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, the Acting Director of National Intelligence, the President and CEO of the Special Operations Warriors Foundation; and a Vice President with Booz Allen Hamilton.

“I am extremely honored to be joining the LBJ faculty team as we educate, train and inspire our next generation of national leaders,” the Admiral said. “Our students are our hope for tomorrow.”

The LBJ School is a leading institution for the study of public policy and is consistently ranked among the top 10 graduate policy schools in the nation. National security and intelligence are particularly relevant policy areas, with Admiral Maguire joining 11 faculty at the LBJ School whose expertise spans several other dimensions of security and intelligence. LBJ students enrolled in security and intel courses have several opportunities to bridge what they learn in the classroom with the real world. For example, students have briefed officials in the Defense Department on issues within the U.S. intelligence community; submitted recommendations to the Office of the Director of the National Intelligence on safeguarding future elections; and traveled to Mexico City to study areas for improvement within the Mexican security police. Furthermore, the representation of recent LBJ graduates in national security agencies and the Department of State has been rapidly increasing.

Admiral Maguire earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Manhattan College and a Master in National Security from the Naval Post Graduate School. He was also a National Security Fellow at Harvard University. 

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