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We celebrated our 28th anniversary in June 2012!

Over the past 28 years, since its humble beginnings in June of 1984,  when Mississippi College began the Administration of Justice Program, there have been over 250 Bachelor of Science graduates as well as 65 graduates in the Master of Social Science Program. Our graduates are currently enjoying careers at the local, state, and federal levels as well as in private industry.  Since its inception the Administration of Justice Program has been under the direction of Dr. Harry Porter, who prior to coming to Mississippi College in 1984, taught at the University of Southern Mississippi and served for eight years as the Director of the Criminal Justice Program at William Carey College in Hattiesburg, MS. Dr. Harry Porter's  office is located in Jennings Hall room.206. Prospective students may call Dr. Porter at 925-3266 or e-mail him at  hporter@mc.edu.

The largest number of majors occurred in 2011 when there were a total of seventy undergraduate students majoring in the Administration of Justice. Both the B.S. and the M.S.S. degrees are now offered to Administration of Justice majors. For the past several years the program has averaged 55-60 undergraduate students and 6-12 graduate students per semester. A minor requires 18 semester hours of course work.

Careers in Criminal Justice

After a decade of rising crime rates, criminal activity during the 2007 fiscal year has stabilized or slightly declined in all of our major American cities, as well as the small towns and rural areas throughout the U.S. However, increased threats to our  homeland security and the surge in cyber-crimes have created an increased demand for a new breed of criminal justice professional. 

Local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies in America are currently recruiting college-educated criminal justice professionals. Students who choose  to enter the field of criminal justice today must possess specialized analytical skills, technological skills and interpersonal skills, as well as an informed perspective on the social, informational and scientific components of effective crime prevention and private security. A Bachelor of Science Degree or a Master of Social Science Degree in the Administration of Justice Program at Mississippi College will help prepare graduates to meet the growing demand at the local, state, and federal levels of law enforcement. 

There has been a continued growth in the undergraduate and graduate curriculums at Mississippi College. New courses have been added to the curriculum  as well as on-line courses and include: Juvenile Gangs, Criminal Profiling, Crime Scene Investigation, Organized Crime, Homicide Investigation, Police Ethics, Crime Control in America and Contemporary Terrorism in 21st Century America. With the addition of excellent adjunct professors from area criminal justice agencies, the Administration of Justice Program, will continue to provide the quality education required to meet the demands of the ever-changing world we live in today. 
 

Internships

  • Hinds County Sheriff's Department, Jackson, MS
  • Rankin County Sheriff's Department, Brandon, MS
  • U.S. Attorney's Office, Jackson, MS
  • Police Training Academy, Jackson, MS
  • Wells, Marble, & Hurst Law Firm, Jackson, MS
  • Warren County Sheriff's Dept. Vicksburg, MS
  • Mississippi Department of Corrections
  • Mississippi State Crime Lab, Jackson, MS
  • U.S. Secret Service Office, Jackson, MS
  • McGlinchy Stafford Law Firm, Jackson, MS
  • District Attorney's Office-9th District, Vicksburg, MS
  • Mississippi State Dept. of Public Safety
  • Gulfport Police Department, Gulfport, MS
  • University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS
  •  Flowood Police Department, Flowood, MS
  • Mississippi Gaming Commission, Jackson, MS
  • Veterans Affairs Police Dept. Jackson, MS
  • Newton County Sheriff's Department
  • Miss. Law Enforcement Training Center, Pearl, MS
  • Jackson Police Department, Jackson, MS
  • Courtwatch, Inc., Flowood, MS
  • Leake County Sheriff's Department
  • Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians
  • Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office

Outstanding Senior Administration of Justice Students

  • 1985 Don Fitzgerald                                                  
  • 1986 Mark Hicks                                                                
  • 1987 William Stewart                                                        
  • 1988 Lisa Simmons                                                  
  • 1989 Jeffery Sills                     
  • 1990 Jason Zebert                  
  • 1991 Gary Waters                  
  • 1992 Marcie Southerland         
  • 1993 Laurie Kalman                
  • 1994 Jimmy Carver                 
  • 1995 Greg Waggoner
  • 1996 Jon Hurt 
  • 1997 Jo Naico
  • 1998 Amanda Bright
  • 1999 Caroline Tinney
  • 2000 John David Smith & William Messina
  • 2001 Carole Hawkins
  • 2002 Jenny Pittman
  • 2003 Josh Kyle
  • 2004 Joseph Gill
  • 2005 Candice Smith
  • 2006 Leslie Smith
  • 2007 Eric Stanton
  • 2008 Stephen Hudgens
  • 2009 Susannah Walker
  • 2010 Anne Pierce
  • 2011 Lindsay Bethea
  • 2012 Dana Bruno & Sam Murray

Master of Social Science Degree Program

The Administration of Justice Program began a Master's of Social Science Degree Program in the fall of 1992. To date the program has 70 graduates. The M.S.S. degree program requires 30/36 hours, and does not require a thesis.

Criminal Justice Club, Phi Zeta Rho

The Criminal Justice Club, Phi Zeta Rho, sponsored by Dr. Harry Porter, periodically hosts a Career Forum  where students can meet with state and local Criminal Justice in-service professionals. There have been over 100 different speakers, including 40 of our own alumni, at these Career Forums since the fall of 1984.

Administration of Justice Graduates

Mark Hicks, a May, 1986 graduate, was recently appointed Director of the Mississippi Division of Alcohol  and Beverage Control  for the State of Mississippi.

Connie Huffman, an August, 1986 graduate, is currently working as a policewoman in Dallas, Texas.

Austin Morrow, a May, 1986 graduate, is an insurance agent for ALFA Insurance in Gainesville, Florida.

William "Bill" Stewart, a May, 1987 graduate, is currently a full partner in the Law Firm of Millberg, Gordon, and Stewart in Raleigh, N.C.

Karen White Burke, a May, 1987 graduate, is working as a Deputy U.S. Marshal in St. Louis, MO.

Tami "Vance" Rippon, a December, 1987 graduate, is currently working as the  Legal Advisor for the Federal Correctional Institution in Edgefield, SC

Ron Statham, a December, 1987 graduate, is currently working as an Investigator in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit in the Office of the Attorney General for the State of Mississippi.

Malcolm McMillan, a  May, 1987 graduate, is currently serving his 4th  term as Sheriff of Hinds County Sheriff's Department in Jackson, Mississippi and recently became the Chief of Police in Jackson, MS.

Max Weathersby, an August, 1987 graduate, is working as an ABC agent for the Mississippi State Tax Commission.

Ricky Ates, an August, 1987 graduate, is a Senior Engineering Associate with Entergy of Mississippi in Pearl, MS.

Doug Gambill, an August, 1987 graduate, co-owns and helps to operate Mailroom Consultants, Inc. in Jackson, MS

William "Bill" Turcotte, a December, 1987  B.S. graduate, is the Director of Security at Baptist Hospital in Jackson, MS.

John Havard, a May, 1988 graduate, is currently working as an Investigator for the Mississippi Nursing Association.

Richard Moon, a May, 1988 graduate, is the Deputy Director of the Mississippi Real Estate Commission.

Michael Massey, an August, 1988 graduate, is currently a Loss Prevention Supervisor for UPS in Jackson, MS.

Dave Van, an August, 1988 graduate, is the Executive Director for Region VIII, Mental Health Services for the State of Mississippi.

Belinda Williams, an August, 1989 graduate, is working as an Inspection Service Technician for the U.S. Postal Service in Brandon, MS.

Kyle McLain, a May, 1989 graduate, is currently the Headmaster of Clinton Christrian School in Clinton, MS.

Larry Gatewood, a May, 1989 graduate, is currently the Project Security Manager for the International Management Assistance Corporation of America.

Greg Poore, a May, 1989 graduate, is currently a Special Agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.

Randy Jordan, a May, 1989 graduate, is currently working as a Correctional Officer at Parchman Prison in Mississippi.

Todd Dykes, an August, 1990 graduate, is currently working as an Investigator for the Warren County Sheriff's Department.

Julie Johnston, a December, 1990 graduate, is currently a full time Mother, devoting all of her time to taking care of her son, Zachary and her husband Jon in New Orleans, LA.

Steve Hostetler, a May, 1990 graduate, is currently a Senior Enforcement  Agent for the Alcohol Beverage Control Division  of  the Mississippi State Tax Commission.

Tina Berryhill, an August 1990 graduate, is currently working as a Paralegal for the Jackson, MS law firm of Brunini, Grantham, Grower & Hewes, PLLC. 

Gary Waters, a May, 1991 graduate, is currently working as a Safety Specialist in Tupelo, MS for the North Mississippi Medical Center

Jason Zebert, a May, 1991 graduate, is currently working as a Municipal Court Judge in Pearl, MS.

John Lambert, a  May, 1991 graduate, is currently a Probation and Parole Officer for the Mississippi Department of Corrections in McComb, MS.

James "Jimmy" Glenn, Jr, a May 1991 graduate, is currently an Assistant Manager at Howard-Miskelly Furniture Clearance Center in Pearl, Mississippi.

Dominic Green, an August, 1991 M.S.S. graduate, is currently a Football Scout for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and lives in Brandon, MS. 

Gary Towery, a May, 1991 graduate, is currently the Personnel Manager at the Clinton,MS  Wal-Mart Store on Highway 80.

Robert G. Luke, a May, 1992 graduate, recently completed  his Master of Liberal Arts Degree from Texas Christian University and is currently employed by Mississippi Baptist Hospital as an officer in their Hospital Security Department. 

Jeff Riggs, a May, 1992 graduate, is currently the Undersheriff for the Warren County Sheriff's Department in Vicksburg, MS. and received his MBA from William Carey College in 2001. 

Tony Stuart, a May, 1992 graduate, is a Special Agent in the Investigations Division for the Mississippi Gaming Commission.

Mike White, a May, 1992 graduate, is working as a patrolman in Columbus, MS and is a member of their SWAT team.

Curtis Jones, a May 1992 graduate, was recently appointed Special Projects Director for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety in Jackson, Mississippi and completed his Master Degree in Criminal Justice from Delta State Univeristy and will be teaching the Police Ethics Course at Mississippi College. 

William "Ellis" Simpson, a December, 1992 graduate, is a Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

James Carver, a May, 1994 graduate, is currently working for the Starkville, MS Fire Department as an Arson Investigator

Charles Summers, an August, 1994 graduate, is a State Trooper with the Mississippi Highway Patrol in Summit, MS.

Tim Lawless, a 1994 M.S.S. graduate, is currently an Investigator for the Rankin County Sheriff's Department in Mississippi.

Scott Waterbury, a May, 1994 graduate, is currently a State Trooper with the Mississippi Department of Public Safety in Hattiesburg, MS.

Ronice Hammons, an August, 1994 graduate, is currently working as a Correctional Officer at Parchman Prison.

Bill Skinner, a 1995 M.S.S. graduate, was recently elected to the Justice Court Bench in Hinds County, MS and is completing his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice at Jackson State University.

Jarrett Bevill, a December, 1995 M.S.S. graduate, is working  as an special agent with the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.

Ricky Cross, a May, 1995 graduate, is currently working as a patrolman for the Ridgeland, MS Police Department.

Edward Lindsey, an August, 1995 graduate, recently joined the U.S. Immigration Service as a Fingerprint Specialist

Shane Williams, a December, 1995 M.S.S. graduate, is currently working as a Probation and Parole Officer for the Mississippi Department of Corrections in Newton, MS. and teaching Criminal Justice Classes  part-time at East Central CC in Decatur, MS.

Gregory Waggoner, a May 1995 graduate, is the Sheriff of Leake County, MS

Lane Burroughs, a 1995 M.S.S. graduate, is working as the Assistant Baseball Coach  and  Head Recruiter for Mississippi State University. 

Susan Reifers Stewart, 1995 B.S. graduate, is working as a Project Manager with the Supreme Court of Mississippi. 

Tony Holmes, a 1995 graduate, is a Project Manager for the International Management Assistance Corporation in Houston, TX.

Richard Wright, a May, 1996 graduate, is a patrol officer for the city of Richland, MS and recently graduated as one of the top ten students in his training class at the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officer's Training Academy.

Christy "Fant" Triplett, a May, 1996 graduate, is currently working as the Officer Manager at the State Farm Insurance office of Shay Burkes in Flowood, MS.

John Moore, a 1996 M.S.S. graduate, recently became a Special Agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Tim Harper, a May, 1996 graduate, is currently working as a Securities and Charities Fraud Investigator for the Secretary of State's Office in Jackson, MS.

Marcus Canoy, an August, 1996 M.S.S. graduate,  resigned from his teaching/coaching position at Jackson Prep to begin studies at New Orleans Theological  Seminary.

Amy Barlow, a December, 1997 graduate, is a Sgt. for the Jackson, MS Police Department.

Bart Gemborowski, an August, 1997 graduate is working as the Warrants Officer for the Madison, MS Police Department.

Michelle "Stuart" Lee, a 1997 M.S.S. graduate, works for the  Mississippi Attorney General's Office in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, in Jackson, MS

Watson Marsalis, a 1997 M.S.S. graduate, is currently working as the Director of Security at the Central Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS and teaches Police Ethics at Mississippi College. 

Jimmy Jordan, a 1997 M.S.S. graduate, is a Certified Polygraph Expert  with the Mississippi Department of Public Safety and is currently working  security at the Governor's Mansion in Jackson, MS.

Chey Stringer, a December, 1997 graduate, recently became a State Trooper with the Mississippi Department of Public Safety in Hattiesburg, MS.

John Dampier, a 1998 M.S.S. graduate, is currently working as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Toby Wilkerson, a December 1998 graduate, is currently the Director of Correctional Counseling Inc. in Meridian, MS

Van Gunter, a 1998 M.S.S. graduate, is currently working as an Investigator with the Clinton, MS  Police Department.

Virginia Vaughn, a December, 1999 graduate, recently became an Medicaid Investigator for the Mississippi Division of  Medicaid.

Lisa "Blansett" Addy, a December, 1998 graduate, is currently working as a Juvenile Counselor for the Lauderdale County Youth Court in Meridian, MS.

Arty Girod, a 1999 M.S.S. graduate, is currently the Director of Security at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Tiffany "Leese" Luke, an August, 1999 graduate, is currently working as a Deputy Records Clerk for the Warren County Sheriff's Department in Vicksburg, MS and gave birth to Ali Grace Luke on October 17, 2006. 

Ray Prouty, a December, 1999 graduate, is working as an  Instructor at the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officer's Training Academy in Pearl, MS.

Lee Grubbs, a 1999 M.S.S. graduate, is currently working  for the Mississippi Attorney General's Office as an Investigator of Elderly Abuse and Medicaid Fraud.

Mary Jo Naico, a 1999 M.S.S. graduate, is a Customer Service Representative for Third Party Verification  for the Verizon Corporation in San Angelo, TX and received the 2002 Volunteer of the Year Award from the San Angelo, TX  Human Society, where she volunteers as their Rescue Coordinator.

Christopher Bizot, a May, 2000 graduate is currently the Tennis Coach at Palm Beach Atlantic University in Palm Beach,Florida and received his M.S.S. Degree in History from Mississippi College in December, 2002.

Thomas "Eddy" Addison, a December, 2000 graduate, recently graduated from the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officer's Training Academy as one of the top ten "COPS" in his class and is currently working as a patrol officer in Ridgeland, MS.

Scott Lollar, a December, 2000 graduate and a former Patrolman for the Clinton, MS Police Department, is currently  one of two Mississippi College Administration of Justice Graduates  working  as a Special Agent for the Secret Service in the Jackson, MS office. 

William Dickson, a May, 2000 M.S.S. graduate, recently graduated from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, GA and the United States Secret Service Special Agent Training Course and has been assigned to the Miami, Florida field office.

Ben Walsh, a 2000 M.S.S. graduate, recently left his position as a Lab Agent with the Colorado Bureau of Investigations Firearms Unit in Denver, Colorado and completed training at Quantico Virginia to become a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

William Messina, an August, 2000 graduate, recently left the  Warren County Sheriff's Department  in Vicksburg, MS and began training as a Federal Air Marshal.

Milton "Butch" McCardle, an August, 2000 graduate, and a former Probation and Parole Officer for the Mississippi Department of Corrections, graduated from the Mississippi College School of Law in May, 2005. 

Carole Hawkins, a December, 2000 B.S. and 2005 M.S.S. graduate, and a former Correctional Officer in the Women's Section of the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Pearl, MS, is currently working  as victim advocate for the MADD program in Pearl, Mississippi. 

Randy Ruffin, a 2000 M.S.S. graduate, is working as a Detective and a member of the STAR team  for the Clinton, MS Police Department and serves as an adjunct professor in the Mississippi College Administration of Justice Program teaching Police Process, Arrest, Search and Seizure,and Interview and Interrogation Techniques classes.

Patrick Opdyke, a 2001 M.S.S. graduate, is a Criminal Investigator with the Rankin County Sheriff's Department.

Denise A. Hollingsworth, a May 2001 graduate, is currently the Manager for Finance and Insurance at Rogers-Usury Honda of Vicksburg, Mississippi.

John Haynes, a December, 2001 graduate, completed Officer's Candidate School in the United States Air Force and  Flight Training School and is currently serving in the Middle East Area of operations. .

Tim Keen, a May, 2001 graduate, a former ABC Agent with the Mississippi Tax Commission completed his M.S.S. Graduate Program at Mississippi College in May, 2006 and is currently working as a special agent with the Secret Service.

Stan Fisher, a May, 2001 graduate, recently graduated in the top ten of his training class at the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officer's Training Academy and is currently working as a Deputy Sheriff for the Madison County Sheriff's Department.

Scott Herrington, a 2001 M.S.S. graduate, a patrolman for the Clinton, MS Police Department was recently promoted to Sergeant.

Patrick McCarthy, a 2002 M.S.S. graduate, is currently teaching and coaching baseball at Faulkner University.

Rick Haggard, a 2002 B.S. graduate, is currently working as a Deputy Sheriff for the Clay County Sheriff's Department in West Point, MS and was recently married Nov. 11, 2006. 

Bill DePriest, a 2002 M.S.S. graduate, is currently a licensed insurance representative with Pennsylvania Life Insurance Co. in Jackson, Mississippi .

Donnela Green, a 2003 M.S.S. graduate, is currently teaching at Pearl High School, in Pearl, MS.

Christopher McNeece, a May, 2004 B.S. graduate received his Master of Social Science Degree from  Mississippi College in August, 2005

Matthew Roebuck, a May, 2004 B.S.  graduate, joined the United States Air Force in May, 2004 and completing his basic training.

Stephen Bowers, a May, 2004 B.S. graduate, is currently obtaining a Nursing degree from Mississippi College.

Richard Hatch, a May, 2004 B.S. graduate, has made application to work at the Clinton, MS Police Department.

Pamela Spence, a 2005 M.S.S. graduate is an  Instructor  in the Administration of Justice Program at Holmes CC in Ridgeland and and Adjunct Instructor at Mississippi College while she is completing her dissertation in Criminal Justice at the University of Southern Mississippi. 

Gregory Kurtz, a 2005 M.S.S. graduate is currently working as a CID Special Agent for the U.S. Army in Vicksburg,  MS. 

Mark Boackle, a 2005 M.S.S. graduate is currently working as a law clerk in his father's law firm in Jackson, MS. 

JoAnna Adcock, a 2005 M.S.S. graduate is currently working as a patrol officer for the Clinton, MS police department.

Dale Stallings, received his M.S.S. Degree from Mississippi College in December, 2005 and  graduated on August 15, 2008 from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Quantico, VA. Dale is currently working as a Special Agent for the Department of  Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms in their Oxford, MS field office.

Michael Surratt, received his M.S.S. Degree from Mississippi College in December, 2005

Jason Miller, received his M.S.S. Degree from Mississippi College in May, 2006 and is currently working as a patrolman and on the SWAT team for the Clinton, MS police department. 

Wayne Bridges, a Dec. 2007 B.S. graduate, recently retired as a State Child Support Enforcement Officer and is currently conducting 9mm Pistol Training for S and G Security in Jackson, MS. 

Anna Salassie, a 2007 B.S. graduate, is currently working as a Dispatcher at the Clinton, MS Police Department.

Aaron Griffin, a 2007 B.S. graduate, is currently working as a Patrolman for the Clinton, MS Police Department. 

Robert Kent, a 2007 M.S.S. graduate, has been hired as a Patrolman for the Austin, TX Police Department. 

Curtis Bridges, a 2007 B.S. graduate, is currently working for Homeland Security in Jackson, MS.

Whitney McMaster, a 2007 B.S. graduate is currently working at the Mustard Seed in Brandon, a day program for mentally challenged adults. 

Michael Moore, a 2007 B.S. graduate is a graduate assistant for Dr. Harry Porter and working towards his M.S.S. Degree at Mississippi College.

Rashita Bell, a December, 2008 M.S.S. graduate is working in Hattiesburg, Mississippi for the State Attorney's Office.

Brooke Walley,  a December 2008 M.S.S. graduate is  working as a Probation/Restitution Officer for the Rankin County Youth Drug Court. 

Brenda Johnson, a December 2008 M.S.S. graduate is working at Trustmark Bank in Clinton, MS. 

Mabel Allen, an August, 2009 M.S.S. graduate is working as the CFO of  Rush Hour Trucking Company in Jackson, MS. 

Mark JaCobsen, a December 2011 M.S.S. graduate, has made application to become a U.S. Border Patrol Agent.

Stephen McCraney, a December 2011 M.S.S. graduate, is currently the Director of Public Safety at Mississippi College and an adjunct instructor in Homeland Security/Emergency Management at Mississippi College.

Dana Bruno, a December 2011 graduate, is currently working on her M.S.S. degree as Dr. Porter's Graduate Assistant at Mississippi College.

Justin Cardwell, a May 2012 graduate, is currently enrolled in the M.S.S. program at Mississippi College and working as a Graduate Assistant on the Choctaw football team.