John P. Walters
|John P. Walters|
|5th Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy|
December 7, 2001 – January 20, 2009
|President||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Barry McCaffrey|
|Succeeded by||Gil Kerlikowske|
John P. Walters (born February 8, 1952) is the former Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). He held that position from December 7, 2001 to January 20, 2009. As the nation's "Drug Czar," Mr. Walters coordinated all aspects of federal anti-drug policies and spending.
In January 2009, Walters became the Executive Vice President of the Hudson Institute.
From 1989 to 1991, Walters was chief of staff for William Bennett and was Deputy Director for Supply Reduction from 1991 until leaving the office in 1993.
During the Reagan Administration, he served as Assistant to the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education. He was also the Secretary's representative to the National Drug Policy Board and the Domestic Policy Council's Health Policy Working Group.
Walters served as Acting Assistant Director and Program Officer in the Division of Education Programs at the National Endowment for the Humanities from 1982 to 1985. He has previously taught political science at Michigan State University's James Madison College and at Boston College. From 1996 until 2001 he served as president of the Philanthropy Roundtable.
As Drug Czar, he evoked strong emotions. His period saw drug use amongst teens go down 24%. But his critics accused him of falsifying data and using public money to launch political campaigns.
- Office of National Drug Control Policy
- University of Michigan, Survey Research Center Monitoring the Future, 2004
|Director of the National Drug Control Policy