Serving at the Highest Level with John Pistole
Anderson University President John Pistole shares his journey of excitement and discovery, how he was called upon to serve in the highest levels of government after 9/11 and how his faith has given him strength at each stage of the journey.
John S. Pistole became the fifth President of Anderson University in 2015. Pistole earned his bachelor’s degree, cum laude from Anderson University in 1978. He went on to earn a juris doctorate from the Robert H. McKinney School of Law at Indiana University before going into practice for two years.
In 1983, Pistole began his 26-year career with the FBI. After the attacks of September 11, 2001, Pistole was placed in charge of the FBI’s counterterrorism program, eventually becoming the FBI’s Executive Assistant Director for national security. In 2004, Pistole was named Deputy Director for the FBI, and two years later was awarded the Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive.
In 2010, Pistole became the Administrator of the TSA, in which capacity, he led a 60,000-strong workforce and the security operations of more than 450 airports throughout the United States. In June, 2015, Pistole was appointed to the Homeland Security Advisory Council, and became President of Anderson University. Locally, he serves on the Boards of the Madison County Foundation and St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital.
“Be open to how God may be working in your life even in ways completely unforeseen right now.”
“Christ-in-me is talking about myself.”
“What higher calling than to be doing exactly what God is leading you to do?”
1. Keep saying “yes” to the opportunities.
2. Pray your D.E.W.S – Discernment. Encouragement. Wisdom. Strength.
3. Know the way; Show the way; Go the way.
4. No problems, only opportunities to demonstrate character.
5. Be rooted and grounded in Christ.
6. Be distinctive, compelling, and relevant.