United States Senator Ted Cruz lifts the hold on William J. Burns to be the Director of the Central Intelligent Agency. William J. Burns personal information which includes his Date of Birth Born April 4, 1956. Director of the C.I.A. William J. Burns is a former United States deputy secretary of the state (2011 to 2014) He retired after a 33 year diplomatic career. His education La Salle University where he received his Bachelor of Arts, Saint Johns. There is no doubt that Director of the C.I.A. has been voted our C.I.A. All Americans can rest assured that Director William J. Burns deserves and will run the C.I.A with the highest integrity. This is the number 1 story of the day.