Judge William Webster is the very definition of a devoted public servant and one of the finest examples of the World War II “Greatest Generation.” After “The Judge” left his service as a Naval officer in WWII, he went to law school and continued his public service becoming a U.S. District Attorney. Webster was recognized for his brilliance in this position and was eventually appointed to be a Federal judge. By the early 1970’s, he was promoted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
In the tumult that followed Watergate and the exposure of FBI wrong doing, President Jimmy Carter appointed The Judge as FBI Director – a position in which he served with distinction and dignity stabilizing the Bureau and marching it smartly ahead to the future.
President Reagan then appointed Judge Webster to be Director of Central Intelligence to repeat his FBI performance calming a scandal ridden agency from 1987-1991. The Judge holds the distinction of being the only man in US history to hold both of those key roles.
Judge William Webster’s willingness to accept the challenges of leading the FBI and CIA through some of their most difficult times is a testimony to his lifetime of selfless willingness to serve his country. Judge Webster is a patriot and we, at DMGS, are proud to honor him.
Ronald A. Marks
Intelligence Program Chair, Daniel Morgan Graduate School
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