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Former FBI Director Louis Freeh to Speak at 120th Commencement

April 03, 2013

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Father Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B., president of Saint Anselm College announces that The Honorable Louis Freeh, former director of the FBI will address the Class of 2013 and receive an Honorary Doctorate of Laws degree at the College's 120th commencement exercises on Saturday, May 18 at 2 p.m.

Mr. Freeh has had a long and distinguished career in advancing the quest for justice and truth in our country and is an excellent role model.

The fifth director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Freeh served under both President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush. He held the position from September 1993 to June 2001.

He began his career as a special agent in the FBI and went on to hold numerous positions in the U.S. Attorney's Office in N.Y. In 1991 Freeh was appointed judge for the United States District Court by President George H. W. Bush.

While at the U.S. Attorney's office,  he was the lead prosecutor in the "Pizza Connection" drug trafficking case. The largest investigation at the time undertaken by the U.S. government, it led to the conviction of 16 organized crime members.

Freeh practices law and consults in the private sector. He received the Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service in 1987 and 1991, among other commendations.

Freeh earned his J.D. from Rutgers University Law School in 1974 and his LL.M. degree in criminal law from New York University Law School in 1984. He was a First Lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve.

Honorary Doctorate of Laws degrees also will be conferred upon:

James T. Brett, president and CEO of The New England Council. His extensive experience in civic leadership includes 15 years as a member of Massachusetts House of Representatives, where he served as chair of the Committee on Taxation and the Committee on Banks. The New England Council is an organization of allied schools, hospitals, corporations and other organizations promoting economic growth and high quality of life in the region.

Kerry A. Robinson, executive director of the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management. A frequent writer, speaker, and consultant on the subjects of philanthropy, development, and faith, she leads an organization that promotes best practices and excellence in management, finances, and human resource development of the Catholic Church in the United States. She has led fundraising campaigns and served as a trustee on national boards for various Catholic organizations and institutions.