Lint Center Announces New CEO and President

New leader to usher in the next phase of growth and mentorship engagement

Dated:  September 20, 2019

The Lint Center for National Security Studies, a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization created to award merit-based scholarships and to provide mentoring programs, today announced that it has named Timothy W. Coleman as its new Chief Executive Officer and President. The appointment comes as the Lint Center is poised to announce a new round of scholarship winners and as it continues to execute on its core mission to empower, enhance, and enable the next generation of intelligence and security professionals.

The Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc., founded in 2007, has awarded 57 scholarships and mentoring opportunities to individuals pursuing careers in intelligence, counterintelligence and national security. More than 200 mentors, seasoned practitioners in their field, volunteer through the Lint Center to show the next generation of leaders what they can do in the U.S. Intelligence Community.

“This is an exciting time for the Lint Center and I am thrilled to take on this new role as CEO and President and lead this very talented team,” said Timothy W. Coleman. “Mr. James R. Lint and Dr. Anna Lint founded, nurtured, and developed an all-volunteer organization with an unmatched mission. With purposeful intent Mr. Lint created the Lint Center because he identified a need for mentoring programs and scholarship initiatives in order to seed a talent development pipeline in support of America’s most promising and emerging leaders.”

“James Lint’s leadership and tutelage were the driving factors creating this impactful organization and his tireless efforts made it a reality of consequence. His passion, dedication, and commitment to national service remain our guidepost and we are honored to continue the work he started,” Coleman further observed.

“Having served as CEO of the Lint Center for more than a decade and with nearly 60 scholarship winners during my tenure, I am pleased to be passing the torch to the next generation who will continue to identify, mold, and mentor future leaders in the intelligence and national security arena,” said James R. Lint, Founder and President Emeritus of the Lint Center for National Security Studies. “I am pleased to see that one of our first winners and one of our longest volunteers, Tim, will be assuming the role as CEO. I am supremely confident in his leadership capabilities, having worked side-by-side with him for years, and his dedication to the mission.

“More importantly, I am eternally grateful to the countless volunteers who helped make the Lint Center as successful and impactful as it has been. I look forward to seeing the Lint Center grow and prosper, as its impact will be felt for decades to come.”

Mr. Timothy W. Coleman was one of the first scholarship recipients from the Lint Center for National Security Studies, having been awarded the Aehee Kim Alliance Building Award in 2008. Shortly after his scholarship and an extremely successful Lint Center mentorship, Tim decided it was time to “give back” by volunteering with the Center. Previously, Tim served as Operations Coordinator, Public Information Officer, and worked his way up to Vice President managing day-to-day operations and providing strategic counsel to the Lint Center’s Board of Directors.

Mr. James R. Lint served in the United States military for over 20 years, in both the U.S. Marine Corps (7 years) and U.S. Army (14 years). He spent four years as a Marine Counterintelligence specialist and nearly 15 years as an Army Counterintelligence Special Agent. Lint has expertise in counterintelligence, cyber security and information assurance, terrorism and counterterrorism, human intelligence collection and prevention, as well as low-intensity asymmetric warfare. He founded the Lint Center for National Security Studies in 2007, and has served as its CEO since inception. He remains Chairman Emeritus of the Lint Center.

About the Lint Center:

The Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc., founded in 2007, is a non-profit IRS 501 (c) (3) organization created to award merit-based scholarships and mentoring programs for students pursuing careers in national service with a particular focus on counterintelligence, military intelligence, national security and cross-cultural studies. The Center is Veteran and minority operated and managed IRS-approved charity. It awards scholarships semi-annually in both January and July. For more information, please visit


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