International security consultant Hamilton "Hammy" Mixon was honored as the Alumni Association's 2013 Alumnus of the Year. A native of Amite and former Louisiana State Trooper, Mixon, who most recently was director of global security for the popular social media web site Facebook, was recognized at the Association's Alumni Awards evening.
The 1979 graduate with degrees in criminal justice, psychology and sociology credited his alma mater with providing him a network of classmates, mentors and others who assisted him throughout a career that started as a trooper with the Louisiana State Police and led to high level security positions with several international firms.
"Southeastern helped prepare me for the road ahead," said Mixon. "Southeastern gave me the foundation, and I would not be where I am today were it not for that. I am humbled, overwhelmed and surprised by this honor."
"I spent four of the most phenomenal years of my life here," he recalled. "With no offense to other wonderful universities in Louisiana and throughout the United States, Southeastern just offers a personal atmosphere that you're just not going to find everywhere."
Mixon joined the Louisiana State Police following graduation at Southeastern and served in a variety of capacities, including the Criminal Intelligence Unit, commander of the Governor's Mansion; and with the Public Safety Public Information Unit. He retired after 17 years with the State Police and entered the private sector as director of corporate security for Jazz Enterprises, a gaming and hospitality company headquartered in Baton Rouge and Reno, Nev. That experience opened the door for him with Healthcare Security Services in San Jose, Calif.
For eight years Mixon served as director of corporate security for Genetech, Inc., the world's largest bio-pharmaceutical company. He also worked for Vertex Pharmaceuticals in Boston before joining the multi-national computer technology company Oracle.