FBI Agent James R. Fitzgerald '75 returns to campus

James R. Fitzgerald and alumna

James R. Fitzgerald, with alumna Cathy (Hamilton) Nicolini, '94 Lib, returned to campus in March 2019.

Credit: Penn State

Retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent James Fitzgerald, a 1975 Penn State graduate and former student at Penn State Abington, spoke to a Criminal Justice class and hosted an evening lecture for the public in March 2019.

No matter what path you choose to go within the Criminal Justice field, the opportunities are endless, just like "Fitz" proved.

Fitzgerald was supervisory special agent with the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit and was a key investigator in numerous high-profile cases, including the Unabomber case, where he used pioneering linguistics that played a critical role in finding clues leading to Ted Kaczynski's capture. He was featured in the Discovery Channel series “Manhunt: Unabomber.”

Fitzgerald is a 1975 Penn State graduate with a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement and corrections. He holds a master of science degree in human organizational science from Villanova University, and master of science degree in linguistics from Georgetown University.