Mercyhurst University

Richard Nitsch

Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Richard E. Nitsch retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in May 2010, after nearly 25 years of investigative/intelligence work serving in the Phoenix, FBIHQ and Kansas City Divisions. He served as a Supervisory Special Agent for 14 of those years supervising the Field Intelligence Group (FIG), the HUMINT Program, the Foreign Language Program, the Asset Forfeiture Program as well as establishing the Kansas City Joint Drug Intelligence Group(KCJDIG) with the Midwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Program.

He established the first FIG in the Kansas City Division, where he selected, hired and trained a cadre of high quality Intelligence Analysts of various types who are currently excelling in collection, strategic planning as well as domain in Kansas City. Dr. Nitsch was certified as the first Intelligence Officer for the Kansas City FBI Division in 2009, one of only 70 Special Agents to date across the country who earned this certification. Taking advantage of the great intelligence and investigative liaison in the Midwest region, the Kansas City FIG, during Dr. Nitsch's Supervisory tenure, was recognized in four areas routinely: Information sharing, Outstanding Investigations in OCDETF, HIDTA and Law Enforcement Programs, Dissemination of meaningful products of value through formal and informal means to intelligence customers and creative means to develop and operate Human Sources. 

He was an adjunct instructor with the FBIQuantico from 1988-2010 and instructed HUMINT Development Courses with the intelligence community members. Dr. Nitsch has also instructed numerous money laundering (basic and advanced courses) courses with Department of Justice (DOJ)

Immediately upon retirement, Dr. Nitsch was selected and hired by the DOJ Asset Forfeiture Project to seize assets (property) from criminals and terrorists primarily in the Counterterrorism Program. In the past 2 1/2 years, Dr. Nitsch has been directly responsible for securing nearly 8 million dollars of assets (including overseas) for the Department.


  • B.S.E., Emporia State University
  • M.S., Kansas State University
  • D.Ed., Arizona State University

Courses Taught

  • INTL 510: Intelligence Theories and Application