Thomas A. Constantine '71

Thomas A. ConstantineThomas A. Constantine ’71 joined the New York State Police as a uniform trooper in 1962.  During his 34-year career, he served in every uniformed and investigative capacity, rising to the rank of superintendent in 1986, a position he held for seven years.

As head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) from 1994 to 1999, Mr. Constantine oversaw a workforce of more than 7,000 in all 50 states and 50 other nations.  He promoted closer DEA cooperation with state and local law enforcement agencies and directed DEA resources toward assisting foreign governments in their efforts to dismantle powerful drug trafficking organizations, include the Cali mafia in Colombia.

In 1999, Mr. Constantine became a public service professor at the University at Albany’s Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy.  In May 2000, he accepted an appointment from the United Kingdom’s secretary of state to serve as oversight commissioner of the Independent Commission on Policing for Northern Ireland.  In September 2007, he was appointed to a select senior advisory group to the United States director of National Intelligence.

Mr. Constantine has been honored with the nation of Colombia’s Distinguished Service Medal, the FBI’s Penrith Award for Outstanding Law Enforcement Leader in the United States, and the New York State Governor’s Law Enforcement Executive of the Year.

Mr. Constantine earned his master’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University at Albany and holds honorary doctor of laws degrees from Stonehill College and Niagara University.