Gary Hale, formerly of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), is the Baker Institute"s new nonresident fellow in drug policy.
An alumnus of the Harvard University"s Kennedy School of Government and the University of Virginia"s Darden School of Leadership, he joined the DEA in 1979 while serving as a task force agent and narcotics officer detached from the Laredo Police Department. Later, he held various assignments in Washington, D.C.; Bogotá, Colombia; and Mexico City, Mexico. In 1990, Hale received the DEA Administrator"s Award, the agency"s highest recognition. He transferred to Houston in March 2000 as the chief of intelligence and retired in July 2010.
"With decades of service as an intelligence officer with the DEA in the U.S. and Latin America, and now in his position as a key consultant and adviser to both the U.S. and Mexico regarding the violent drug wars in Mexico, Gary Hale brings a level of empirical knowledge and practical experience that should prove extremely valuable to the institute"s drug policy, Latin America and homeland security programs," said William Martin, Harry and Hazel Chavanne Senior Fellow in Religion and Public Policy, who also runs the institute"s Drug Policy Program. "I"m delighted to have him on board as a colleague."
In November 2009, Hale was a panelist in the Baker Institute discussion "Cannabis, Cartels and Crime: Would Legalization Help?" He was a guest on Dean Becker"s "Century of Lies" radio program later that month as part of a program including Baker Institute founding director Edward P. Djerejian.
The Baker Institute has also added Nicolas Shumway, Rice University dean of humanities and the Frances Moody Newman Professor of Humanities, to its roster of Rice scholars. Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, his scholarship explores Latin American history and culture, as well as advocacy and politics in the foreign-language classroom. Shumway received his doctorate and master"s degrees at the University of California, Los Angeles, and his bachelor"s degree at Brigham Young University.