UNG helped me prepare for my career in law enforcement by making me the leader I am today.
I graduated from UNG in 1988.
I earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.
I currently live in Maryland, where I was appointed the secretary of the Maryland Department of State Police and superintendent of the Maryland State Police.
I am only the third superintendent in 94 years to have held every rank in the department.
I chose UNG because my father often travelled to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia to visit his agents while training. He became friends with a senior staff member who had two sons who had attended there and loved it. My father asked me to try the school, and I thought he was crazy! But after visiting the campus and talking with several students, I decided to give it a try. Once I went through FROG Week and made some friends, I was hooked.
UNG helped me prepare for my career in law enforcement by making me the leader I am today. The Corp of Cadets gave me a solid foundation in leadership, discipline, teamwork and the pursuit of excellence. The academics gave me a solid, well rounded base of knowledge to build upon as I began my military and law enforcement career.
My advice to current or potential UNG students would be to take advantage of everything the school has to offer. It is no accident that so many successful people got their start at UNG. The school is a special place and has produced great leaders in so many professions, not just the military. I was very impressed to learn that the Department of Criminal Justice has gained approval to integrate a Police Academy option into the curriculum so that graduates have POST certification upon completion of a bachelor’s degree. This certification allows those interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement to be even better prepared upon graduation.