Governor Hutchinson Speaks to U of A Students for Homeland Security Course

Richard Ham (r), associate director of the masters in Operations Management program introduced Governor Asa Hutchinson to students in the Homeland Security for Operations Managers course.
Photo by Molly Hiller

Richard Ham (r), associate director of the masters in Operations Management program introduced Governor Asa Hutchinson to students in the Homeland Security for Operations Managers course.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Gov. Asa Hutchinson was guest lecturer Monday evening, April 18, for the class “Homeland Security for Operations Managers,” a course in the Master of Science in Operations Management program in the College of Engineering. About 50 graduate students attended the lecture.

Hutchinson is an alumnus of the U of A School of Law and had built an impressive resume long before he was elected governor. He had a private law practice for 21 years in Fort Smith before being appointed U.S. attorney for the Western District of Arkansas by President Ronald Reagan. He was elected and served three terms as U.S. representative from the 3rd Congressional District of Arkansas. He was appointed administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration in 2001 by President George W. Bush. And, following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and creation of the Department of Homeland Security, he was named Undersecretary of Border and Transportation Security.

Hutchinson described his duties as being in charge of all the U.S. borders and all transportation systems coming into and out of the country – a total of some 1.3 billion transactions per year.

“A terrorist only has to get it right once,” he said. “We have to be perfect each and every check.”

Hutchinson established a four step process to make each transaction secure:

  1. Collect information about every shipment at least 24 hours in advance.
  2. Assess the risk by comparing this information with past travel patterns and crew history.
  3. Implement new technology to review travelers’ documentation and legal records.  
  4. Create public and private sector partnerships to establish a balance between security and civil liberties.

Hutchinson said that one thing he learned from his work in Homeland Security was that visa laws, passed in the 1920s, needed to be reviewed and updated to meet the needs and realities of the modern era.

Contacts

Molly Hiller, communications intern
University Relations
479-575-5555, mehiller@uark.edu

Steve Voorhies, manager, media relations
University Relations
479-575-3583, voorhies@uark.edu

Headlines

Mechanical, Biological Engineers Team up to Improve Genome Sequencing

Professors Steve Tung of mechanical engineering and Jin-Woo Kim of biological engineering received an NIH grant to make DNA sequencing faster, cheaper and easier.

Landscape Architecture Professor Phoebe Lickwar Collaborates on International Garden Festival Work

Lickwar collaborated on a garden design that was selected for the 2018 International Garden Festival at Chaumont-sur-Loire, a historic castle in France's Loire River Valley.

Curator of Zoology for University Museum to Retire

Nancy McCartney, curator of zoology for the University of Arkansas Museum, will be retiring on June 27 after 44 years with the museum.

IT Help Portal to Be Affected by Weekend Maintenance

The IT Help Portal will be unavailable for up to six hours during Cherwell maintenance scheduled from 7 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday.

Study Recruiting Teens for Research on Health and Learning: Up to $100 Compensation

The Exercise and Cognition in Teens (ExCITE) Pilot Study is recruiting teens of all sizes (ages 12-17). Teens will be compensated $100 for full participation.

Newswire Daily