2020 Thirty Under 30: Michael Coles

Michael is humble and dedicated public servant who strives to lead by example in every aspect of his life. He is a member of the Xi Chapter at Roanoke College and graduated in 2013 with his bachelor’s degree. Immediately, he started his career in law enforcement as an officer with the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office in Massachusetts. In 2015, he started working for the United States Border Patrol as a Patrol Agent. In this position, he has had the opportunity to work with the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security. In 2019, he was tasked with helping establish and manage a forensic based intelligence gathering team and got promoted to Lead Border Patrol Agent for the station’s program. He and his team have been able to help combat human and narcotic smuggling. He has been the recipient of the U.S. Border Patrol Individual Work Ethic Award in 2017, 2018 and 2019. While working full time he also managed to earn his master’s degree in History from Norwich University. He reflects the Fraternity’s values by putting service to the country and others before himself while constantly striving to lead by example. This sense of service and constant self-improvement was instilled in him as an undergraduate brother of Pi Kappa Phi and taught him to always strive to set a good example for others and to show that even when things are difficult there is always a place for service and compassion.