An Alton High School graduate has been named inspector general of the National Reconnaissance Office, the federal agency in charge of intelligence satellites.
According to an Associated Press article, 1977 AHS graduate Susan Gibson passed Senate hearings by a vote of 93-0 to be confirmed as President Barack Obama’s nominee for the position.
“Her many years of service and deep knowledge of the intelligence community, combined with her experience in the ODNI (Office of the Director of National Intelligence) Office of General Counsel, make her the right choice to assume this vital role,” Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper said in a press release. “I’m grateful to see someone who has contributed so much to the intelligence community will be able to offer her valuable legal and leadership expertise in a new way.”
Gibson grew up in Alton, attended Monmouth College and received her law degree from Seattle University in Tacoma, Wash. She served in the Army and retired as a colonel.