RE hires former FBI agent and alum as Director of Security
Robert E. DePriest ’86, a former FBI Crisis Management Coordinator and Special Agent, has been appointed Director of Security at Ransom Everglades, announced Interim Head of School Rachel Rodriguez on July 15. DePriest, who most recently served as Senior Director of Security at the Pine Crest School, began work before the start of the classes on August 22.
During more than two decades with the FBI, DePriest developed and executed the FBI Crisis Response Plan for large-scale critical incidents as Crisis Management Coordinator, and he helped coordinate the FBI response to a number of tragic events in Florida. He also served as the Special Operations Group Team Leader for the agency, managing a highly trained covert surveillance team; a Principal Firearms/Tactical Instructor; and the Hazardous Evidence Response Team Senior Team Leader – a post that earned him the Federal Hazmat Team Lead at Super Bowl XLIV.
At Pine Crest from 2018-22, DePriest oversaw a revamping of the school’s emergency policies, training, monitoring, protocols and communications. He earned a BS in mechanical engineering from The Catholic University of America after his years at RE, where he played football on the same team as David Clark ’86, RE's new Chief Operating Officer and Interim Head of the Upper School.
RE administrators worked with DePriest this past spring; he has visited our campuses and helped the school begin to strengthen its crisis response plan and internal response structure. "His guidance has been invaluable, and we are confident his daily presence and concentrated efforts will significantly bolster our emergency preparedness," Rodriguez said in July.
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.