Former Secretary Ridge Addresses Terror Crime

Convocation Center

250 University Ave.
California, PA 15419

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The Hon. Tom Ridge, the first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and former governor of Pennsylvania, will deliver the keynote address at Cal U’s 10th annual Conference on Homeland and International Security.

 “A Community-Based Approach to Fighting Terror Crime” is open to the public, including law enforcement officers and criminal justice professionals, as well as to Cal U students, faculty and staff.

Admission is free.

In a brief academic ceremony, California University will award Ridge an honorary Doctor of Public Service before he presents a talk focused on maintaining safety and security in our communities.

About Tom Ridge

After the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Ridge was named Assistant to the President for Homeland Security. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security was created in 2003, and Ridge was appointed to lead the Cabinet-level department.

Prior to the events of 9/11, Ridge had served two terms (1995-2001) as governor of Pennsylvania. A combat veteran of the Vietnam War, he also had served six years in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he represented the state’s 21st District.

Today, Ridge continues to focus on security as chair of Ridge Global, which provides clients with solutions to cybersecurity, international security and risk management issues. He also chairs the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s National Security Task Force.

This is not Ridge’s first visit to the Cal U campus: During his first term as governor, in 1996, he spoke to graduating students at California University’s 149th Commencement.


About the conference

Cal U’s Conference on Homeland and International Security is presented annually by the Department of Criminal Justice. It brings top criminal justice experts and experienced Cal U faculty together to discuss issues of importance to our region, the commonwealth and the nation.

In addition to Ridge, 2017 speakers include Cal U faculty members who have extensive firsthand experience in fighting terrorism and other crimes:

  • Dr. Michael Hummel, a retired military police officer with 23 years of service and an active municipal police officer in southwestern Pennsylvania. Hummel will discuss community-based tools to combat contemporary security threats.
  • Dr. Aref Alkhattar, a Fulbright Specialist and retired law enforcement officer with 17 years of intelligence experience in the Kingdom of Jordan. Recognized as an expert in international terrorism, Alkhattar will discuss the culture of security threats today.
  • Dr. John Cencich, a former senior U.N. war crimes investigator and director of the Pennsylvania Center for Investigative and Forensic Sciences at Cal U. Cencich will give closing remarks.

Criminal justice programs at Cal U

The Department of Criminal Justice at California University of Pennsylvania offers a full-time satellite IUP Police Academy program and these degree programs:

For more information about these programs, contact department chair Dr. Julie Warnick at

Tuesday, October 24, 2017


Dr. Julie Warnick


Free (Registration Required)

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