As we approach the holiday season, I am provided the opportunity to consider how thankful I am for the opportunity to serve as Director of the School of Criminal Justice since 2001. With the support of the College and University, we were able to weather turbulent budgetary periods, and to continue the excellence and leadership for which the School of Criminal Justice has long been known. An already outstanding faculty has grown and added interdisciplinary research and educational programs to core research and education in criminal justice and criminology. The faculty is supported by an incredible group of support staff, academic advisers, and specialists who demonstrate their commitment to the School and our students in countless ways each and every day.
As has been the case in prior newsletters, I appreciate the opportunity to brag about the School’s excellence. This is evident in faculty and student scholarly productivity and awards and alumni achievements as described in this newsletter. The annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology was full of faculty and student participation. The “heart” of the Spartan family was evident at our alumni reception where our alums came together in a fund-raising effort for Jeff Cancino, one of our Ph.D. alums who is dealing with an extended recovery from a very serious health situation.
This also represents an opportunity to welcome the next Director of the School of Criminal Justice. Dr. Mary Finn will join the School as Director in January 2015. Mary has been a professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Georgia State University. Mary brings a rich research background in criminal justice policy research with a focus on domestic violence, human trafficking, and community supervision. She has served as the Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness and Acting Director of Institutional Research at Georgia State and participated in the Harvard University program on Performance Assessment in Higher Education and the Bryn Mawr College Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration. Among other attractions, Dr. Finn is drawn to MSU’s rich history in criminal justice, to our strengths in criminal justice policy-relevant research, and to our interdisciplinary approach to research and education. We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Finn to MSU!
Finally, although I wish my physical appearance made it obvious I am too young to retire, for those wondering if McGarrell is retiring, I am pleased to report that I will be transitioning back to a faculty role as a proud member of the faculty of the School of Criminal Justice.
As you will read in the following articles, the School continues to impact lives in every aspect of its mission!