2016 Speakers

Ed Davis (former Boston Police Commissioner) and Richard DesLauriers (former FBI agent in charge of Boston Marathon investigation)
Moderator Lisa Hughes (WBZ News Anchor)

Thursday, November 3
7:30 pm
Twohig Gymnasium

Preceding the 2016 presidential election and the release of the movie Patriot’s Day, Ed Davis and Richard DesLauries will share their story of events of the Boston Marathon bombing, responding to terrorist attacks, tracking down the offenders and rebuilding community confidence. They will address homegrown terrorism and discuss where our country has gone awry that citizens feel compelled to commit terrorist attacks.



MIT patrol officer Sean Collier, who was killed in the days following the bombings, is a 2009 graduate of Salem State. Sean’s family has elected to establish a scholarship in his name at the University, so future students can be aided in pursuing their dream of becoming a law enforcement officer. It is the family’s hope that these new officers will continue Sean’s legacy of service. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Sean A. Collier Criminal Justice Scholarship.

Media Inquiries

Nicole Giambusso
Director of Public Relations

Mailing Address

Salem State Series
352 Lafayette Street
Salem, MA 01970


portrait of Edward F. Davis, Founder and CEO at Edward Davis, LLC

Ed Davis is the former Police Commissioner of the Boston Police Department and current President and CEO of the business strategy and security agency, Edward Davis LLC. Commissioner Davis was at the forefront of the emergency response to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the arrests that followed. His experience during the Boston Marathon bombings will be depicted in the upcoming feature film, Patriot’s Day, starring John Goodman as Commissioner Davis, scheduled to release January 2017.

Commissioner Davis has built a stellar reputation on his diverse experience in interagency collaboration and law enforcement on local, state, national and international levels. His keen insight in cyber security and anti-terrorism, as well as his expert knowledge in crisis management and strategic planning translates across industries. Commissioner Davis’ unique approaches to terrorism, cyber security and policing have been adopted both nationally and internationally in Singapore, London, Northern Ireland, Jordan, and Israel.

Commissioner Davis is a natural storyteller with a refreshingly direct and charismatic style. His captivating speeches bring audiences behind the scenes of his experiences during the Boston bombings; and the lessons in leadership and teamwork to be learned from his efforts to bring the terrorists to justice.

Additionally, Davis leaves audiences with a powerful understanding of the challenges we face in the 21st century, including cyber security, strategic leadership, team-building, and decision-making to manage any situation in any area of business.

Ed Davis is a frequent contributor to CNN, FOX News and USA today, and has appeared on Meet the Press and 60 Minutes. He is a Fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics and has lectured extensively at Harvard and MIT on Cyber Security and Terrorism. He serves on the advisory board of Raytheon Cyber, Forcepoint, and is an advisor to several venture-backed startups including Cybric, Mark 43 and Shooter Detection Systems.

deslauriers_squareRichard DesLauriers entered on duty as a Special Agent with the FBI in January 1987. Upon completion of training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, he was assigned to the Birmingham Division where he worked violent crime and fugitive matters, and then began his career in Counterintelligence. He was transferred to the New York Office in December 1990, where he continued to work Counterintelligence matters. In 1995, Mr. DesLauriers was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent within the Eurasian Section of the National Security Branch at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

In December, 1997, Mr. DesLauriers transferred to the Boston Division where he supervised Counterintelligence investigations and served as the division’s Counterintelligence Program Coordinator. Mr. DesLauriers was designated an Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Boston Division in 2003, overseeing the Counterintelligence Program as well as the division’s Administrative programs.

Mr. DesLauriers was promoted to Section Chief of the Global Section, Counterintelligence Division, in February, 2005. In this capacity he was responsible for national program management of counterintelligence and espionage investigations. In April 2006, he was designated as Special Agent in Charge of the Counterintelligence Division in the New York Office. In March 2008, Mr. DesLauriers served as Deputy Assistant Director of the Counterintelligence Division at FBI Headquarters, where he was responsible for FBI counterintelligence operations and espionage investigations nationwide.

In July 2010, Mr. DesLauriers was designated the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Boston Field Division, which is the agency’s 10th largest office and covers Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. In this position, he lead a cadre of over 550 FBI Agents, Intelligence Analysts, and Professional Support personnel responsible for the investigation of terrorism, espionage, and criminal matters in this geographic region.

During his FBI career, Mr. DesLauriers was a member of the leadership team which in 2010 arrested and prosecuted a Russian spy network which had operated covertly inside the United States for over a decade (Operation GHOST STORIES). He also led the FBI Boston Division during its successful capture in June 2011 of FBI Top Ten Fugitive James “Whitey” Bulger, as well as during the dramatic hunt in April 2013 for the Boston Marathon Bombers (101 Hours that Shook the World).

In July 2013, Mr. DesLauriers retired after 26 ½ years service with the FBI, and he currently serves as Vice President-Corporate Security with Penske Corporation in Bloomfield Hills, MI.

hughes2071Lisa Hughes will moderate the discussion. Hughes is an award-winning journalist and news anchor for WBZ-TV News weekdays at 5,6 and 11 pm. She has covered just about every major news event in New England. In 2014, Hughes received both a Columbia DuPont Award as well as a 2013 George Foster Peabody Award as part of WBZ-TV’s team coverage of the bombings.


Make a gift

Make a Gift

Whether your gift is unrestricted, supporting those needs prioritized by the president, or designated for a specific department or scholarship, gifts provide essential support where it is most needed.

Make a gift here

Special Events

Special Events

Stay connected with Salem State and its community by attending special events held throughout the year that support the university’s mission. These events invite alumni, friends and students to engage with one another.

Learn More

Leave a Legacy

Leave a Legacy

By adding Salem State University to your will or living trust, you will be providing countless opportunities for future generations of students to benefit from a Salem State education.

Gift Planning and Bequests