Former U.S. Secret Service agent and Florida A&M University (FAMU) alumnus Shaun West will return to ‘the Hill’ next week to inspire FAMU students during the university’s annual Honors Convocation.
The Convocation, which will be held in Lee Hall Auditorium at 10:10 a.m. on April 2, will celebrate the achievements of FAMU’s best and brightest students.
The event will also mark a milestone in FAMU history, as it will serve as FAMU President Elmira Mangum’s first official university-wide event. Mangum’s first day at the helm of the university will be April 1.
West, a Tallahassee native, received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and master’s degree in applied social sciences with a concentration in public administration from FAMU in 2005 and 2007 respectively. A former student government leader and drum major in the Marching ‘100,’ West has gone on to make a profound imprint in Washington, D.C.
Since 2013, West has served as a professional staff member for the Committee on Homeland Security in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he provides policy development and departmental oversight in the areas of counterterrorism and intelligence.
West previously served the Committee as an oversight investigator conducting comprehensive investigations into instances of fraud, waste and abuse in the Department of Homeland Security. He also worked as a policy analyst with the Florida Legislature in the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability.
West is passionate about guiding and motivating others toward fulfilling their potential and currently serves as a mentor to young people on Capitol Hill through the youth support group African-American Men on the Hill. The organization pairs experienced Capitol Hill staffers with interns and new staffers to offer career guidance and advice. West is also active with Young Alumni Giving, a networking organization that was developed to cultivate the next generation of alumni leaders for FAMU.
A member of Kappa Alpha Psi, Inc., West ascribes his successes and accomplishments to the love and support of his family and friends, and to the experiences and education he acquired while a student at FAMU.