Henley-Putnam University Welcomes New Dean of Intelligence Programs

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Richard Wells Brings Wealth of Practical Intelligence Experience to the Classroom and Administration

Henley-Putnam University is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Wells to Dean of Intelligence Management programs.

Richard Wells spent the past 24 years working in the Intelligence Community, initially as an Intelligence Analyst and then as a Counterintelligence Specialist in the US Marine Corps. During that time he served in tactical, strategic, special operations and joint commands. His real world experience was obtained during numerous deployments including Desert Storm and Somalia. His last Marine assignment was as the Counterintelligence/HUMINT Chief of the III Marine Expeditionary Force in Japan. Prior assignments included I Marine Expeditionary Force, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and the Joint Special Operations Agency.
After retiring from the Marines, he worked as a Critical Infrastructure Protection Analyst in Japan supporting deployed Marines in the Pacific Command area of responsibility. Since returning to the States, he has continued working in the counterintelligence arena in the Intelligence Community. He has also supported the FBI in their training of FBI HUMINT personnel. In addition, Mr. Wells is an intelligence officer with the Virginia Defense Force, which provides assistance in Emergency Management within the Commonwealth’s borders.

“Does Ric have an impressive broad background in the intelligence field? Absolutely,” said Amanda Morrow-Jensen, Provost of Co Curricular Services at Henley-Putnam University. “His experience and education on the subject is impressive, and his service to the country through his intelligence work is equally so. Ric has the knowledge and experience to be a great Intelligence Management Dean, but what really makes him stand out is this talent for teaching. Henley-Putnam is a student-focused University. Ric is a student-focused Dean.”

As the Dean of Henley-Putnam University’s Intelligence Program, Mr. Wells will, over the next 6 months, launch a detailed audit of all intelligence-related courses, implementing the recommendations of the recently concluded Program Review. Mr. Wells will also ensure students focusing on Intelligence Studies are given all they need to apply their education to the real world.

Mr. Wells earned a Master’s Degree in Strategic Intelligence with a concentration in Terrorism Studies from American Military University. He also earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Park University in Criminal Justice. Mr. Wells’ certifications include being a registered locksmith, a safe and vault technician, a Military Emergency Management Specialist, and a Certified Master Anti-terrorism Specialist. Richard Wells was honored as Henley-Putnam's 2011 Faculty of the Year.

Founded in August 2001, Henley-Putnam University is a leading educational institution specializing in the field of Strategic Security. The University offers accredited online Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees in Intelligence Management, Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies, and Strategic Security and Protection Management; a Doctoral Degree in Strategic Security; and several certificate programs. Henley-Putnam prepares law enforcement, military, intelligence, and private industry professionals with the networks, skills, and insights to advance in their careers and protect the future. Henley-Putnam University, which is committed to building a student and alumni network that will serve its community, is an accredited member of DETC (http://www.detc.org) and offers 125 courses taught by hands-on faculty members from all branches of the military and law enforcement fields, including the FBI, CIA, DoD, DIA, NSA and Secret Service. For more information, visit the Henley-Putnam University website (http://www.Henley-Putnam.edu), e-mail AdmissionsAdvising(at)Henley-Putnam(dot)edu, or call 888.852.8746.

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