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Former FBI deputy director to address Ardenne's 90th anniversary service

Published:Thursday | January 5, 2017 | 12:00 AM

John S. Pistole, former deputy director of the FBI and head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in the United States, will be the keynote speaker on Sunday at a church service in Kingston that will kick off the 90th anniversary celebrations for Ardenne High School.

Ardenne High School, by its track record, is considered a flagship institution for secondary education in the Caribbean region, and Pistole will address a church service this Sunday at 9 a.m. at the Olson Chapel at 35 Hope Road to kick off a year of celebrations for the school's 90th anniversary.

Pistole, an attorney by training, was appointed head of the TSA by US President Barack Obama in 2010 and he led a 60,000-strong workforce that managed the security operations of 450 American airports. He also had responsibility for the Federal Air Marshal Service and shared security oversight for highways, railroads, ports, mass transit systems and pipelines. Prior to his leadership of the TSA, Pistole served as a 26-year veteran of the FBI with extensive national security and counterterrorism experience. During this time, he was an instructor in Organized Crime matters at The FBI Academy.

Pistole currently serves as president of Anderson University in Indiana. Anderson University and Ardenne High School have enjoyed a decades-old collaborative partnership as both institutions were founded by the Church of God.

While in Jamaica, apart from addressing the church service on Sunday, Pistole will also attend an informal breakfast meeting with the senior management team at Ardenne. Additionally, he will meet with the student council executive, with head prefects, and he will also do a tour of the Ardenne Road school campus.

"We are thrilled to welcome Mr Pistole to Jamaica and to Ardenne for the school's 90th anniversary," Ardenne Principal Nadine Molloy told The Gleaner.

"Mr Pistole is a powerful speaker and we look forward to rekindling the partnership and strengthening the bonds between both institutions by way of a shared vision as we move towards our centennial celebrations in 2027," Molloy continued.

The 90th anniversary celebrations continue with various events and a grand homecoming throughout the calendar year under the theme 'Celebrating 90 years of excellence, the Optima tradition continues'.