Henley-Putnam University Selects Richard Wells as Faculty Member of the Year

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Mr. Wells exhibits outstanding engagement with online students and active participation across the University

Henley-Putnam University is pleased to announce that the Faculty of the Year Award for 2011 is being given to Mr. Richard Wells.

Mr. Wells' award commends his "consistency, dedication to the University, and unrelenting pursuit of excellence in academic achievement and student learning." As part of the rationale for selecting Mr. Wells, the Faculty of the Year Committee noted his strong and timely rapport with students, his active participation and service on several committees at the University, and outstanding engagement with students in the classroom. Jim Killin, CEO of Henley-Putnam University, observed that "Mr. Wells takes a long-term view of his work as a faculty member, and understands where the small but important steps we are taking fit into the larger picture."

Mr. Wells has an impressive strategic security career. He 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 has served at tactical, strategic, special operations and joint commands. He obtained real world experience during numerous deployments including Desert Storm and Somalia, as well as an assignment 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. Mr. Wells is also an intelligence officer with the Virginia Defense Force, which provides assistance in Emergency Management within the Commonwealth’s borders. 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.

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 & Protection Management; a Doctoral Degree in Strategic Security; and several certificate programs. Henley-Putnam’s Strategic Security curriculum includes a unique focus on deterrence and prevention, preparing students with the skill set to foresee and avert potential threats. 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 experienced faculty members from all branches of the military, intelligence and law enforcement fields, including the FBI, CIA, NSA, DOD, DOJ, DIA 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 1-888.852.8746.

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