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Thursday – May 23, 2013

- FBI Supervisory Special Agent Brandon Edwards, a graduate of Northern Kentucky University, has been named the 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the NKU Department of Political Science, Criminal Justice and Organizational Leadership.

Upon receipt of the award, Edwards expressed his gratitude and appreciation for the recognition, though he could not attend the ceremony in person last month. “I’m honored and humbled to have been selected to receive this award,” he said. “I have benefited tremendously, both personally and professionally, from the guidance and mentorship of the NKU staff and professors, who continue to inspire me in my career and my life."

Edwards holds a B.A. in criminal justice (2004) and a Master of Public Administration (2005) from NKU. Following graduate school, he entered the FBI as a special agent and was assigned to the Washington Field Office’s Counterterrorism Division. The assignment consisted of conducting investigations to identify terrorist and intelligence activities directed against the United States, and identifying support networks for terrorists and intelligence officers who sought to target the interests of the United States and its allies.

Earlier this month, he was recognized by the Department of Justice’s Eastern District of Virginia with the Public Service Award for one such investigation in 2011 that led to the indictment and conviction of a Syrian-sponsored intelligence agent operating to collect and report information on Syrian dissident activity in the United States.

In 2009, as a special agent with the FBI, he deployed to Iraq as a member of a special operations task force, where his efforts contributed to the success of over 150 combat missions. At the completion of this assignment, he was formally recognized by the Joint Special Operations Command for his ability to operate in a combat environment.

Last May, Edwards was promoted to supervisory special agent. He is currently assigned to the Law Enforcement Communication Unit (LECU) at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va. There he instructs courses such as interviewing and interrogations as well as communication strategies in officer-involved shootings.

Prior to the FBI, he served as both a noncommissioned and commissioned officer in the United States Army. In addition to his exemplary service with the FBI, Edwards founded the highly successful nonprofit organization Inspired Athletes, Inc., in 2007. This all-volunteer, tax exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization was established to inspire others to overcome adversity by sharing inspirational stories about athletes who had overcome illness, injury and/or other hardships to achieve their goals and dreams. The mission was to support and promote amateur athletes by providing resources to enable participation in athletic events or competitions.

Inspired Athletes has received national exposure. In 2010, the organization was featured in national media coverage, including NBC Nightly News and CNN, for the organization’s fundraising endeavors to support children and their families in their fight against childhood cancer. Following this exposure, NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon contacted Inspired Athletes and asked how he could help the organization. Gordon personally matched all of the donations received in 2010 and 2011. The organization’s Board of Directors voted in 2012 to relinquish fundraising efforts to the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation.

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