Jim McJunkin

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Jim McJunkin


Administration of Justice

Current Position:
Assistant Director in Charge, FBI
Washington, D.C.


Q: What are some of the topics you talk about?

Our talk depends on the time of year. Normally, we exchange emails and phone calls about once or twice a month and we talk about his future plans, his progression into law enforcement, and general things happening at Penn State.


Q: Do you find it difficult to find common ground due to a generation difference?

Michael (my mentee) and I have a lot of things in common, and he is skillful at communicating with persons of professional standing. I have three kids his age, so I can relate pretty well to him, and it is easy to talk with him because I’m not fulfilling a parent-type of role.

Q: What motivated you to become a mentor?

I feel that having a relationship with the university is beneficial. I enjoy participating in Penn State functions, and the mentor program provides an opportunity to give back in a meaningful way.


Q: What is most fulfilling about your mentor/mentee relationship?

It’s good to hear from someone who is active in the Penn State scene and learn how they are doing on a regular basis, or just what’s going on at the campus. I also find it very enjoyable to hear Michael’s views concerning what’s going on in the world and his understanding of a professional field that I am VERY familiar with.

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