Bill Evanina ’89 Directs Counterintelligence Activities for the United States
By Andrew M. Seder
A chunk of coal sits on Bill Evanina’s desk at the National Counterintelligence and Security Center in Bethesda, Md. Since he found it in an old coal mine as a youth, the anthracite has travelled with Evanina through each of his life’s phases.
“I had it in Pickering Hall and I still have it,” Evanina ’89 says, recalling his Wilkes residence hall. “It’s a great focal point. It reminds you where you came from; that old coal miner’s work ethic. That value and that trust still are with me today. I’m hoping to hand it down to my son one day.”
The work ethic has gotten him far. Evanina is the national counterintelligence executive, one of the most powerful people in the United States intelligence community, responsible for leading the counterintelligence and security activities of the United States government. His office works with the counterintelligence and security elements of the United States government, the United States intelligence community and the private sector to ensure awareness and mitigate the threats posed by foreign intelligence entities and malicious insiders. Continue reading