September 18, 2018 at 11:50 am

Alumni News | Christian Cullen Joins Leadership Detroit

A smiling Christian Cullen

Christian Cullen

Christian Cullen ’05 was selected to participate in the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Leadership Detroit program, a 10-month transformational leadership program designed to challenge emerging and existing community leaders from Southeast Michigan to bring about positive change.

“I’m honored to be part of this group of dedicated and diverse leaders. This is a great opportunity to expand my understanding of the Detroit Metro Area and gain insight into the key issues facing our city and region,” Cullen says.

After graduating with his B.A. in Sociology-Criminology from the College of Arts & Sciences at Ohio University, Cullen served as an officer in the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division based in Fort Bragg, N.C. He then served as a Diplomatic Security Special Agent within the U.S. Department of State for seven years. During his time as a Diplomatic Security Agent, he operated as a close protection, physical security and operational planning specialist in dynamic, high-threat locations around the world.

Cullen left the federal government to become the Director of Security and Safety for the Henry Ford museum and now serves as Managing Director of Integrated Operations. Read more at “Sociology-Criminology Alum’s Path: from 82nd Airborne to Director of Security at The Henry Ford.”

From the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce news release, headlined “Detroit Regional Chamber Announces Leadership Detroit Class XL“:

DETROIT, Sept. 13, 2018 – Today, the Detroit Regional Chamber announced the participants in Leadership Detroit Class XL, a 10-month transformational leadership program designed to challenge emerging and existing leaders from Southeast Michigan to bring about positive change.

“For the past 40 years, the Leadership Detroit experience has taken executives out of their comfort zones to challenge long-held assumptions and to embrace multiple and diverse perspectives on quality of life issues in the Detroit region,” said Dan Piepszowski, senior director of community leadership development at the Detroit Regional Chamber. “These leaders have proven that change is possible when passion, commitment, and courage coalesce to change our understanding and expectations of what is possible.”

Class XL features 70 executives from across the Detroit region, representing a cross-section of the community, including business, organized labor, government, education, media, civic groups, health services and community organizations.

Leadership Detroit provides opportunities for participants to foster and spark problem-solving discussions, while providing new views on key issues to lead the region to success. As it has since 1979, Leadership Detroit will continue its role in addressing, discussing and leading conversations important to the Detroit region.

A complete Leadership Detroit Class XL roster is available online at

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