PhD Graduate of Capella University Appointed Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Buffalo Division

Christopher M. Piehota, a graduate of Capella University, an accredited online university that has built its reputation by providing high quality online degree programs for working adults, has been appointed Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the FBI’s Buffalo Division by FBI Director Robert S. Mueller. He most recently served as the deputy director for operations at the Terrorist Screening Center.

Piehota earned a PhD in Education from Capella in 2010. As of June 30, 2011, more than 38,000 students are pursuing an online degree at Capella, with 31 percent enrolled in Capella’s doctoral degree programs, and 47 percent enrolled in Capella’s master’s degree programs. The learning and career outcomes of Capella’s students and alumni can be found at

SAC Piehota began his FBI career in 1995 as a special agent in the Newark, New Jersey, Field Office, where he investigated international terrorism, domestic terrorism and weapons of mass destruction matters. In 2010, he joined the Terrorist Screening Center and was responsible for managing the United States Government’s Consolidated Terrorist Watchlisting and Screening Database and Terrorist Encounter Operations Center.

About Capella University
Capella University ( is an accredited online university* that has built its reputation by providing quality online degree programs for working adults. Nearly 80 percent of Capella students are currently enrolled in master’s, specialist, or doctoral degree programs in business, counseling, education, health administration, homeland security, human resource management, human services, information technology, nonprofit management and leadership, nursing, psychology, public administration, public health, public safety, and social work. Capella also offers bachelor’s degree programs in business, information technology, nursing, psychology, and public safety. Within those areas, Capella currently offers 135 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 17 certificate programs. More than 38,000 students were enrolled as of June 30, 2011, from all 50 states and 59 other countries. Capella is committed to providing high-caliber academic excellence and pursuing balanced business growth. Founded in 1993, Capella University is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capella Education Company, headquartered in Minneapolis. For more information, please visit or call 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552).


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