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Harry Cooper, Jr., J.D. director

He was named by Columbia College to head up its Criminal Justice Degree program. Until his retirement on September 30, 2013, he served as the Executive Director for the South Carolina Department of Revenue. He was formerly General Counsel and Deputy Director for the South Carolina Department of Revenue. He was also an Assistant Attorney General with the tax division of the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office. He received his J.D. from the University Of South Carolina School Of Law. After graduation, he worked eight years with the Internal Revenue Service.

He has served as Chair of both the Tax Litigation and Criminal Enforcement Sections of the Federation of Tax Administrators. Until his retirement, he served on the Executive Committee and Chaired the Income Section of the Southeastern Association of Tax Administrators. Also until retirement, he served on the Taxation of Financial Institutions Committee of the National Tax Association. He has also served as Chair of the Internet Gaming Committee for the North American Gaming Regulatory Association. He also served on the executive board of the Law Enforcement Coordinating Council for South Carolina (LECC) Carolina. He has been named in the Who’s Who in Attorneys, Who’s Who in Federal State and Local Government and Who’s Who in Law Enforcement Leaders. He has also served as a member of the Board of Examiners for the South Carolina Governor’s Quality Award.

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Howard Cook Assistant Director

He is the associate director of online programs and Chief of Police for Columbia College. He currently serves as the President of the South Carolina Campus Law Enforcement Association where he’s served for the past eight years. Chief Cook started his career in law enforcement in 1982 as a Captain and President of a law enforcement explorer program while he was in high school. In 1988 he became a certified city police officer. He’s worked as a narcotic investigator, a traffic enforcement supervisor, administrative Lieutenant and Captain as well as worked for the state criminal justice training academy. Cook holds Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Management and Associate’s Degree in Public Service.

Raised in Columbia and father of three, Howard graduated with the 224th Session of the FBI National Academy. Chief Cook holds a secret clearance with the F.B.I. and is a member of their Executive Joint Terrorism Task Force. Under his leadership, the Columbia College Police Department received the Santee Cooper Award of Excellence in Law Enforcement in 2006 and the SCANA crime prevention award for 2009. He serves as the Assistant Director for the Police Athletic League in Columbia, as well as the board of directors for Club House Gang. Chief Cook is a member of the National Institute of Justice’s School Technical Working Group and serves on their active shooter focus group. Cook serves on the Criminal Justice Academy’s Midlands steering committee. Chief Cook as spent countless hours with South Carolina’s legislature lobbying for training and funding for campus law enforcement. Chief Cook is a member of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, where he serves as the Director-At-Large, as well as on the Government Relations Committee and Chair’s the Online Classified Advertising Task Force. He also serves as Second Vice President of the F.B.I. National Academy Associates of South Carolina. He’s also a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police as well as South Carolina’s Police Chief’s Association.

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Emily Bentley Program Director, Disaster and Emergency Management

She is program director of the Columbia College Disaster and Emergency Management program. Before joining Columbia College’s online programs, she was the coordinator of the Homeland Security and Emergency Management program at Savannah State University for eight years, where she led a research project examining preparedness challenges for vulnerable populations in Chatham County, Georgia. Ms. Bentley served as executive director of the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP), a national standards and assessment program for state and local government emergency management, from 2000 to 2006. She previously served as associate general counsel of the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) and worked in professional regulatory law. A former journalist and lawyer, Ms. Bentley has a broad background in public policy, particularly in emergency and continuity planning and emergency management program development. Ms. Bentley received her bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and juris doctorate from the Jones School of Law at Faulkner University.

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Dr. D’Michelle P. DuPre, MD Program Director, Master of Criminal Justice

Michelle DuPre is a retired medical doctor with a specialty in Forensic Medicine and  Forensic Pathology.  She is formerly a certified law enforcement officer and worked as a police officer for the City of Columbia where she walked a beat. She then became the first female  Detective for Lexington County Sheriff’s Dept. She also has experience working undercover Narcotics operations.  DuPre graduated from the University of South Carolina, Ross University School of Medicine  and Duke University School of Medicine.  She completed her forensic pathology training in San Antonio and Miami and has worked for the Department of Justice in the Caribbean where she was Medical Examiner for the US and British governments.   She has worked as an investigating medical examiner in seven US jurisdictions.  Most recently she has been a law enforcement  training instructor at the SC Criminal Justice Academy where she taught basic and advanced law enforcement courses in Crime Scene Investigation, Sexual Assault, Abuse and Neglect, Basic Detective, Narcotics Undercover Techniques and many others.  In addition, she has taught at the South Carolina Coroner’s School and in numerous law enforcement jurisdictions throughout the Caribbean and in Europe.  She has been a guest lecturer at the University of South Carolina Criminal Justice Department,  is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia College Criminal Justice Program and an Associate Professor at the University of the West Indies School of Medicine where she teaches Forensic Pathology to physicians, students and law enforcement.  She is a certified Child Forensic Interviewer and a published author with two recent textbooks entitled, “Homicide Investigation Field Guide” and “Sexual Assault Investigation Field Guide”.  She has been a Forensic Consultant for CNN Headline News since 2006 and appears regularly on the network.

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Dr. Judy Paull

Dr. Judy Paull is an advanced practice nurse, with over 40 years of professional experience.  She is a licensed Nurse Practitioner, and is dually ANCC Board Certified as a PMH-CNS and as a Nursing Executive,( Advanced.) Dr. Paull has degrees from Grace Hospital School of Nursing-Detroit, The University of Detroit, The University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, and Madonna University in Livonia, MI.  She has also completed a fellowship in Nursing Leadership from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and is a Fellow in the Watson Caring Science Institute at the University of Colorado.  She has been a site reviewer for the National League of Nursing Accrediting Center and has held several board level roles in multiple organizations. Dr. Paull has held several administrative, academic and clinical roles across the United States.  She is a published author, and  an experienced public speaker.  She has served in three Magnet Designated organizations, including at the Chief Nursing Officer level, and continues to provide nursing consultative services.

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Carl Edwards recruiter

He is a 1988 graduate of Benedict College where he earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. With over 25 years of law enforcement experience, Mr. Edwards retired in 2012 as a law enforcement officer from the State of South Carolina Bureau of Protective Services. He began his criminal justice career in 1987 as a correctional officer for the South Carolina Department of Corrections. The bulk of his law enforcement career includes employment with the State Law Enforcement Division-Capitol Police and the Richland County Sheriff’s Department where he worked as a deputy, field training officer, investigator, hostage negotiator and victim’s advocate. In 1998, Mr. Edwards received the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor, the highest decoration for bravery exhibited by public safety officers. He is the recipient of the 1998 Farm Bureau Bravery Award and the Richland County Sheriff’s Department 1998 Deputy of the Year. In addition, the Board of Directors of SouthTrust Bank-South Carolina declared March 19, 1998 as “Deputy Carl Edwards Day” in recognition of his professional accomplishments on behalf of SouthTrust Bank. Mr. Edwards is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, Omicron Phi Chapter and father of three sons, Carl Jr., Christopher and Carlton. An avid New York Knicks and New York Giants fan, Mr. Edwards enjoys fishing and playing basketball.

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Kelly Mason recruiter

She graduated with a BS degree in advertising from the College of Journalism and Communication from the University of Florida, with a minor in Spanish. She also holds an American Bar Association certificate from Denver Paralegal Institute and a certification in tactical firearms from the Attorney General of Ohio. Kelly is a licensed private investigator in three states and has invaluable experience on the streets and in the court room. She is a member of the South Carolina Association of Legal Investigators, South Carolina Insurance Fraud Investigators and South Carolina Gang Investigators Association. Kelly’s goal is to encourage future students to earn their online degree in Criminal Justice so they have the necessary tools for financial promotion and continual learning in their career paths.

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Anthony Robertson recruiter

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and is a graduate of the SC Criminal Justice Academy (Highway Patrol). He worked six years with the SC State Transport Police before becoming a prevention consultant with the SC Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services and later a police office for Benedict College Police Department. Anthony is a second lieutenant in the US Army and first lieutenant in the US Army Reserve. He served two tours in Afghanistan under Operation Enduring Freedom and currently serves in the US Air Force Reserves.

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