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Clinton "Clint" Van Zandt - 1971 BA, Sociology

Clinton Van ZandtClinton "Clint" Van Zandt has literally saved hundreds of lives. The Granite City native earned his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from SIUE in 1971 after returning from service in Vietnam as a U.S. Army counter-intelligence agent. After graduation he started a 25 year career with the FBI and retired as its Chief Hostage Negotiator and Supervisor of the Behavioral Science Unit. He has traveled the world in response to international hostage situations and provided psychological profiles to law enforcement around the world. He has authored dozens of professional articles, appeared as an expert commentator on more than 3,000 TV programs, and regularly consults for movies and TV shows. He recounts his life as a profiler and hostage negotiator in his book "Facing down Evil." He was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters from SIUE in 2011.

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