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Robert DeProspero

WVU Class of 1960

United States Secret Service

“I spent 80 percent of my career in protection… it is grueling, hard on the family, you’re gone away most of the time and you never know when you’re going to get a break.”

After graduating from West Virginia University in 1960, DeProspero went on to become a teacher and wrestling coach before making a transition to the United States Secret Service.

Robert DeProspero is a former assistant director and special agent in charge of the Presidential Protective Division, United States Secret Service. Mr. DeProspero was responsible for planning, organizing, coordinating and directing the protection of U.S. presidents and members of their family. He was assigned to protect former Presidents Eisenhower, Johnson, Ford, Carter and Reagan.

“West Virginia has always been very special to me.”

Robert says he never forgets the impact WVU made on his life and is always proud to be a Mountaineer.

“Whatever I have achieved in my life and whatever accomplishments I’ve made came out of West Virginia and the people who gave me the direction.”
                                                      -Robert DeProspero

A new film, The Man Behind the Suit: a documentary on Robert DeProspero, details the life the Secret Service Agent, wrestling coach, and family man. You can find more information about Robert DeProspero and the documentary here: The Man Behind the Suit