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Rickey L. Jasper

Rickey Jasper went from simple beginnings to one of the highest-ranking officials in the Central Intelligence Agency. Born on July 28, 1963, in Parkdale, Arkansas, Jasper has never found himself lacking in ability against high-caliber competition. According to those close to him, he has always been on a mission.

He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science with a Minor in Accounting from Southern Arkansas University. It was a last-minute decision to nix the military to attend SAU with his twin brother, Mickey that set his course. He immersed himself in his studies. After completing his Bachelor’s degree, Jasper went on to obtain a Master of Business Administration in Management from Louisiana Tech University and a Master of Science in Accounting from Strayer University. His passion for education also took him to George Washington University, George Mason University, Chicago, Harvard University, and studies overseas. He was drawn to the CIA after he learned that he could continue his academic pursuits while working for the agency in Dallas.

From Dallas to D.C., Jasper worked his way up the ranks, accepting his first assignment in Berlin at a time when the wall between East and West Germany had just come down. From there, he worked in Belize to Singapore and places in between.

Jasper’s remarkable achievements make him the highest-ranking African American to serve in the CIA, serving as Executive Secretary to CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden (President George W. Bush’s last director) and briefly for Leon Panetta, President Barrack Obama’s first CIA director.

Rickey Jasper also serves as assistant pastor, with primary responsibility for the Youth Ministry at Mount Olive Baptist church in Lincoln, Virginia.