John J. Coleman, PhD
Dr. John Coleman served 32 years as a Special Agent of the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) before retiring in 1998 as one of its top management officials. He began his career in 1965 as an entry-level undercover drug agent on the streets of New York City and went on to eventually hold several of the most important positions in the agency. As assistant administrator for operations, the third highest position in the DEA, Dr. Coleman supervised an annual operating budget of $816 million and managed the activities of over 7,000 employees in 19 domestic divisions and 75 overseas offices. He has extensive executive and policy making experience at the uppermost levels of government service, has served at the highest rank (SES-06) of the Federal Senior Executive Service, and has also served as the assistant administrator for Operations, the highest non-presidentially appointed position in the DEA. Dr. Coleman is currently president of the Board of Directors of Drug Watch International.