CBP Commander Provides Lecture Insight to TAMIU CJ Students
Posted: 5/2/13

CBP Commander Provides TAMIU Students Homeland Security Insight, Lecture

Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) undergraduate criminal justice students received rare first-hand insight into Homeland Security in a recent guest lecture by U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commander for South Texas, Robert L. Harris.

TAMIU Criminal Justice Program director Dr. Claudia San Miguel invited Commander Harris. 

“Providing our students with a personal insight into the complex duties and responsibilities that accompany our nation’s Homeland Security initiatives is a remarkable opportunity for our students and we were all impressed by his expansive presentation,” Dr. San Miguel said. 

Robert L. Harris

Critical Security Insight

Texas A&M International University criminal justice majors received first-hand insight into Homeland Security with a special guest lecture recently provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commander for South Texas, Robert L. Harris. Commander Harris shared his personal experience during the tragic events of 9/11 while assigned to Border Patrol Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Students also heard about leadership principles, intelligence-sharing, creation of the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, and the ongoing South Texas Campaign.

Harris shared his personal experience during the tragic events of 9/11 while assigned to Border Patrol Headquarters in Washington, D.C.  Students also heard about leadership principles, intelligence-sharing, creation of the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, and insight into the ongoing South Texas Campaign. 

Harris said he considered the opportunity to address TAMIU students a privilege.

“I commend all of you for being here and pursuing your degrees, nothing but good things can be obtained from education. I am honored to have lectured on the principles and training within Homeland Security.  I am fully supportive of this University’s mission and wish all of you a great career path,”  Commander Harris said.

Harris is a 28- year veteran of the U.S. Border Patrol and has held various positions in the Border Patrol including Deputy Chief of the Border Patrol.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Management and a Master’s degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College. He is also a graduate of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.   

TAMIU’s Criminal Justice programs are among its most popular at both undergraduate and graduate levels.  Undergraduate course offerings have been expanded and are also available online. The addition of an online graduate program has proven attractive to students, many part of the law enforcement community.  Students find that the addition of a graduate degree can have positive ramifications on both career options and salary expectations.

For additional information on the University’s Criminal Justice Program, contact Program director Dr. Claudia San Miguel at 956.326.2529 or email cssanmiguel@tamiu.edu


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