Professor of the Practice
John Terpinas is the faculty lead in the Securities Domain program and Professor of the Practice at Northeastern University. He combines extensive experience in leadership, academia, law enforcement, intelligence, and international diplomacy in teaching in the College of Professional Studies.
Terpinas retired from the FBI in 2016 following a 21-year career as a supervisory special agent. From 2011 to 2016, he served as the director of the International Law Enforcement Academy in Budapest, Hungary. Prior to his ILEA appointment, Terpinas served three years as the FBI chair and assistant professor of national security studies at the Eisenhower School of National Security and Resource Strategy at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.
During his FBI career, Terpinas held numerous managerial positions within the FBI’s National Security Division and counterterrorism programs both in the field and at FBI headquarters. He served as director of law enforcement and investigations in the White House, Executive Office of the President, Homeland Security Council, and Counterterrorism Directorate. Terpinas was also a counterterrorism specialist in the FBI Chicago Division, where he was a member of the FBI enhanced SWAT team and an FBI certified special agent bomb technician. Before joining the FBI, he was an assistant state’s attorney in the Criminal Division of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office in Chicago.
Terpinas completed his BA in political science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; his MA from the Marine Corps University; and his JD from California Western School of Law.