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WIU Alumnus to Speak About Career with U.S. Customs and Border Protection

October 9, 2017

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MACOMB, IL -- Western Illinois University alumnus and Chief United States Customs and Border Protection Officer Anye S. Whyte will visit campus in November to lecture and to recruit students for the federal agency.

Whyte, a 1992 law enforcement and justice administration graduate, will speak at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7 in Stipes Hall, 121. Whyte will also speak to at least one LEJA class and to several campus clubs that day.

Whyte is currently in charge of recruitment and retention at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Chicago Field Office. He is responsible for a 12-state area and for making sure the CBP has a qualified and diverse workforce.

After joining the U.S. Customs Service in 1990 as a student trainee, Whyte became an inspector for the agency after his graduation from Western. In 1996, Whyte served as a member of the Narcotic Interdiction team and the Contraband Enforcement Team. He was promoted to senior customs inspector in 1997, to supervisory customs inspector in 2001 and to his current position in 2009.

Throughout his career, Whyte has received numerous performance and ethics awards.

While Whyte and a team from his office are on campus, they will also be recruiting for the United States Customs and Border Protection agency. Recruiting is ongoing to hire more than 5,000 new employees and all academic majors are welcome to apply.

LEJA's homeland security minor is one of the largest at the University, with graduates obtaining federal and state law enforcement agencies nationwide. WIU's Homeland Security Research Program is directed by LEJA Professor Dean Alexander.

For additional information about Whyte's visit, email Alexander at


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