“Contemporary Issues in Security and Resilience Studies” Speaker Series Event
Peter Boynton is CEO of the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security and Professor of the Practice at Northeastern University.
He was previously Commissioner of Emergency Management and Homeland Security for the state of Connecticut, appointed by both democratic and republican governors and twice confirmed by the Connecticut General Assembly.
While Commissioner, he oversaw three presidential disaster declarations, supported the response to the H1N1 outbreak, established the state intelligence fusion center, and developed a statewide emergency response framework.
Boynton served as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard, retiring at the rank of Captain. He was a Director for Global Affairs on the White House National Security Council staff, was the senior Coast Guard Officer at the U.S. Department of State, served as Captain of the Port, and as Commanding Officer of three Coast Guard cutters.
Following his Coast Guard service, he was appointed Federal Security Director for TSA at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut. In eighteen months, he led the airport, the second largest in New England, from the worst rated to among the top ten TSA operations in the eastern U.S.
Boynton has testified before the U.S. Congress on emergency management and homeland security issues. He has a master’s degree from Harvard, an ocean engineering degree from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and holds an unlimited Master’s License for ocean-going vessels of any tonnage.