James A. McGee holds a Bachelor of Science from California Polytechnic State University and a Master of Science from Virginia Commonwealth University. Mr. McGee is a doctoral candidate and a criminal justice faculty member at William Carey University. Mr. McGee has twenty-five combined years of law enforcement experience of which he spent twenty-one years as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). His experience includes 20 years addressing international security issues, counterterrorism investigations, crisis management, critical infrastructure protection, risk assessments, tactical operations and homeland security initiatives. During his FBI tenure Mr. McGee was assigned to 4 FBI Field Offices, the Critical Incident Response Group-Hostage Rescue Team, FBI Headquarters (FBIHQ) and the U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece.
Mr. McGee held several leadership positions during his FBI career, to include FBIHQ Terrorism Supervisor, Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) Supervisor, JTTF Program Manager, Inspector and Security Coordinator for the 2004 Summer Olympic Games. Mr. McGee supervised investigative programs that addressed domestic and international terrorism, foreign counterintelligence, computer crimes, critical infrastructure protection, special operations and SWAT. He is a certified Crisis Management Coordinator, Firearms/Police Instructor, Crisis Negotiator and WMD/HAZMAT Coordinator. During his FBI career, Mr. McGee received numerous awards to include the FBI Shield of Bravery, the FBI Medal of Merit, the FBI Medal of Valor, the Federal Law Enforcement Officer's Association Medal of Valor, the U.S. Attorney General's Award for Exceptional Heroism, the Department of Justice Certificate of Merit and the Department of Justice Certificate of Special Recognition.
Since his retirement from the FBI in November 2007, Mr. McGee has been employed by The University of Southern Mississippi as a faculty member. Responsibilities included teaching at the graduate level, designing and facilitating NIMS and HSEEP compliant exercises, research, curriculum design and risk assessments at sport venues. In this capacity Mr. McGee trained first responders regarding multiagency collaboration during Active Threat incidents on college campuses. Currently Mr. McGee is a full time professor at William Carey University Department of Criminal Justice where he teaches undergraduate courses in Terrorism, Counterterrorism, Homeland Security, Critical Infrastructure Protection and Cyber Security. He also frequently teaches Critical Incident Management, Major Event Security Management, Major Case Management, Tactical Management of Special Events, First Responder Medical Stabilization and Hostage Negotiations for the United States Department of State Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program. Mr. McGee is designated as an expert witness in security issues regarding critical infrastructure protection, specifically venues of mass gatherings of people and has testified in this capacity in U.S. Federal District Court. Mr. McGee is an award winning author, having written and published the book "Phase Line Green – The FCI Talladega Hostage Rescue" (2007). He also coauthored the textbooks "Security Management of Sports and Special Events: A Team Approach to Creating Safe Facilities" (2011) and "Crisis Management and Emergency Planning: Preparing for Today's Challenges" (2013).