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Aiming for a Degree Online: ICE Agent and Alumni William Gibson ('95) is back at Sam Houston State University pursuing a master's degree in criminal justice online.

Aiming for a Degree Online

As a senior special agent assigned to a high intensity drug trafficking task force at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Office (ICE) in Dallas, William "Billy" Gibson has a busy, erratic work schedule. That's why he opted to pursue his master's degree at Sam Houston State University College of Criminal Justice online.

"With my busy schedule and as hectic as it is at ICE, the online program makes it do-able and feasible to obtain my masters," said Gibson. "As a professional in a working environment, this is very do-able."

Gibson, who got his Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from SHSU College of Criminal Justice in 1995, hopes to complete his career at ICE in 20 years and use his master's degree to get a job teaching new criminal justice professionals.

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Police Chief G.M. Cox of Murphy Texas, who earned is masters in Criminal Justice Management from SHSU , is working on his dissertation for a P.D. at the University of Texas – Arlington in Public Adminstration. He became a candidate as of June 2008.

Chris Cronen, a 1991 graduate of Sam Houston State University’s College of Criminal Justice, recently was promoted to Deputy Director of the National Firearms and Tactical Training Unit (NFTTU)at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Dr. George Day, who received his Ph.D. from the College of Criminal Justice in December, was named an assistant professor at East Texas University in Marshall, Texas.

William Gibson, a 1995 SHSU graduate, has dreams of following a 20-year career at the Immigration and Customs Office with an opportunity to teach the next generation of law enforcement. Despite a busy and erratic schedule working at the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Office in Dallas, Gibson is pursuing his master's degree at the College of Criminal Justice through an online program that provides the flexibility he needs with a 7-1/2 week course schedule; student-friendly course delivery; and technical support available 24/7.

Dr. Chuck Howard, who earned a Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement and Police Science at SHSU College of Criminal Justice, was appointed Chair of the Forensic Psychology and Clinical Psychology graduate programs of the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Denver.

Dr. Amanda Johnson accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. Amanda received her Ph.D. from the College in August 2010.

Kevin Lunsford ('10) has risen through the ranks to become the Police Chief in Huntsvlle.

FBI Special Agent David Mohr ('81) has spent 24 years with the agency, working on such prominent cases as 9/11; the bombing of the USS Cole, the Waco Branch Davidian standoff; Olympic bomber and the Talledega Federal Prison takeover.

Abrian B. Nelson ('90)is a recruiting officer with the Houston Police Office, has provides student with tips on how to get a job in a municipal police department and career opportunities in HPD.

Natalia Tapia, accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice in the Department of Justice, Law, and Public Safety Studies at Lewis University in Chicago, Illinois. Natalia is Ph.D. candidate.

Cody Velkovich, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 2008, was promoted to Field Supervisor of the Austin Region of Executive Security System, a privately owned security services contractor that provide permanent and temporary armed and unarmed security officers, mobile patrol services and private investigators throughout Texas.

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