Supervisory Special Agent Cory McGookin, Jr. retired in 2022 from the Federal Bureau of Investigation after 20 years of service. During his law enforcement career with the FBI, he served in numerous leadership roles, which included leading the prestigious FBI National Academy program, Unit Chief over leadership instruction, Program Manager for human intelligence training, and Case Agent on several high-profile investigations. After years of being a master leadership instructor in the National Academy program, his promotion to leadership over all the instructors in the program and, eventually, being selected to lead the program, leaves him as the only FBI agent to ever serve in all three major roles.
Cory dedicated many years at the training division of the FBI academy in Quantico. Notably, he brought many best practices to the academy during his tenure, which included active bystandership training for National Academy and New Agents training. A lifelong learner, he earned a graduate degree in Leadership and a graduate certificate in Adult Education. He has received multiple distinctions, which include several as the case agent on the largest cold case murder sweep in our nation’s history. He possesses over 20 years of instructor experience between the FBI and his decade in the United States Air Force. He holds several training and education certifications and specializes in soft skills, including DiSC, emotional intelligence, and conflict management.