Former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Comes to Grunin Center Sept. 12

Aug 28, 2019

Former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson will give a free lecture at the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12, as part of the Blauvelt Speaker Series. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. No reservations are required.

The Grunin Center is located on the Ocean County College main campus, on College Drive in Toms River.

Johnson served as U.S. secretary of homeland security from December 2013 to January 2017, leading the third-largest cabinet department of the government. His responsibilities included counterterrorism, cybersecurity, aviation security, border security, port security, maritime security, protection of our national leaders, the detection of chemical, biological and nuclear threats to the homeland, and response to natural disasters.

“In three years as Secretary of DHS, Johnson is credited with management reform of the Department, which brought about a more centralized approach to decision-making in the areas of budgets, acquisition and overall policy,” OCC explains.

Prior to his role as secretary of homeland security, Johnson served as general counsel of the Department of Defense, from 2009 to 2012. In that position, he is credited as the legal architect for the U.S. military’s counterterrorism efforts in the Obama administration. And, in 2010, Johnson co-authored the report that paved the way for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” by Congress later that year.

In October 1998, Johnson was appointed by President Clinton to be general counsel of the Department of the Air Force, and served in that position until January 2001. Earlier in his career, Johnson was an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.

Since leaving public office, Johnson has returned to law, practicing again at the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.

For more information, contact the Grunin Center at 732-255-0500 or visit  —J.K.-H.

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