Waynesburg University trustee John D. Woodward Jr. received the Career Intelligence Medal on October 16, 2015, in recognition of his exemplary service to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for twenty-one years.
Woodward served as a CIA operations officer for most of his career, with duty in several war zones. He also had management positions in the Agency's Directorate of Science and Technology.
Woodward was especially commended for his work as the first Chief of Operations for the Intelligence Community's Counter Biological Weapons Program, where he succeeded in advancing the program's mission impact and relevance with respect to overseas operations and community engagement.
During his government career, he also served as the Director of Biometrics at the Department of Defense, where he spearheaded efforts to use biometric technology to identify national security threats in places such as Iraq and Afghanistan.
Woodward retired from the CIA earlier this year. In July, he accepted an appointment as a Professor of the Practice of International Relations at the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University in Boston, where he teaches national security-related courses.
The CIA medal ceremony was held at the Duquesne Club in Pittsburgh with Woodward’s family and friends in attendance.
Woodward is a native of Charleroi, Pennsylvania, where his mother, Olga Woodward, a former Washington County Recorder of Deeds, still resides. He has been a Waynesburg University trustee since 2010.
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