His presentation is part of Sociology Week, a 13-year campus tradition.
Traver is the fifth civilian NCIS director. As director, he leads the agency as it investigates and defeats terrorist, foreign intelligence, and criminal threats to the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps wherever they operate – land, sea or in cyberspace.
His areas of special emphasis include developing and expanding strong partnerships and liaison with law enforcement organizations, security services and intelligence agencies worldwide, as well as ensuring agile, adaptive and responsive NCIS support to the enhanced security posture and global engagements of the Navy and Marine Corps .
Prior to becoming NCIS director in 2013, he served as the special agent in charge (SAC) of the Denver Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and as the SAC of the Chicago Field Division of ATF beginning in 2004.
Under his administration, the Chicago Field Division successfully disrupted and dismantled some of the most violent street gang factions and illicit firearms trafficking networks in the history of Chicago ATF. During his time in Chicago, Traver was also nominated to serve as the director of ATF.
During his 26-year career with ATF, Traver served as a special agent and in supervisory positions throughout the United States, including as an assistant special agent in charge (ASAC) of the San Francisco Field Division and as an ASAC of the New Orleans Field Division. He was also the resident agent in charge of the Camden, N.J. Field Office and a group supervisor in the Philadelphia Field Division.
Traver earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology/criminal justice from NIU, graduating summa cum laude.
After college, he joined the U.S. Navy and graduated third in his class from Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I. He graduated with honors from Surface Warfare Officer School in Coronado, Calif., and reported for duty as the gunnery officer aboard the USS Benjamin Stoddert in Pearl Harbor.
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