FBI Special Agent in Charge to receive Honorary Doctorate Degree from Marian University

August 25, 2012

May 11, 2011


At Marian University’s spring commencement on May 14, FBI Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Mary Galligan will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Law degree.

Honorary degrees have been awarded since colonial times in the United States by institutions of higher learning to recognize the achievements of persons whose lives of dedicated service have exemplified the ideals of higher education. In keeping with this tradition, Marian University awards honorary degrees to individuals whose contributions to society, higher education or Marian University merit such recognition.

The Doctor of Law degree is given to an individual in government, public service, business or industry. Previous recipients of this award include: Gov. Lee Dreyfus, Rep. Tom Petri and Peter E. Stone.

“I’m honored to be part of the commencement ceremonies for Marian University; it’s an exciting day for the graduates and I hope my remarks inspire them for the next phase of their life. It’s humbling to receive an honorary doctorate of law degree from a university with core values that include service and social justice, after spending a career in public service,” said SAC Galligan.

“Marian University is truly blessed to have Mary Galligan as our commencement speaker. In addition to her many accomplishments with the FBI, Mary is an amazing leader and a loyal patriot. She has been both a trusted friend and an honorable human being for the thirty years I have known her. It is an honor to bestow my first honorary degree upon SAC Mary Galligan,” said Dr. Steven DiSalvo, president of Marian University.

Galligan currently serves as the SAC of Cyber/Special Operations Division in the FBI’s New York Office. As the first female appointed to this position, she directs the largest technical and physical surveillance operation in the FBI and oversees all New York cyber investigations.

Galligan entered duty as a special agent with the FBI in 1988, after completing her training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Galligan was first assigned to the New York Office where she handled terrorism investigations and intelligence gathering. She has traveled to Yemen as one of the FBI’s on-scene-commanders of the investigation into the bombing of the USS Cole and traveled to Tanzania after the 1998 bombing of the United States Embassy. In January 2001, she was designated as a Domestic Terrorism Squad Supervisor, where she addressed a variety of cases including investigations into white supremacists, Jewish extremists, anthrax, and bomb threats.

After the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Galligan supervised PENTTBOM, the FBI’s investigation of the attacks, where she reported to FBI Headquarters and oversaw the entire investigation and a team of 75 people.

Galligan is a native of Mineola, New York. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Fordham University and a master’s degree in psychology from the New School for Social Research. Galligan also attended the Law Enforcement Executive Development course at Princeton University and the Graduate School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. She is a certified as an FBI crisis coordinator, general police instructor and National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime coordinator.

Commencement activities on Saturday, May 14 begin with the School of Nursing Pinning Ceremony at 9:00 a.m. in the Howard Sadoff Gymnasium. The graduation ceremony of graduate and undergraduate students will begin at 12:30 p.m. on the Marian University campus quad, with the Howard Sadoff Gymnasium as the rain site.

Tickets are required for the graduation ceremony, but not for the other events.