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Fighting Crime as a U.S. Attorney: Alumnus Thomas Scott Woodward (Ph.D. 1973) serves as the U.S. Attorney for Northern Oklahoma.

Fighting Crime as a U.S. Attorney

After teaching at Central State University in Oklahoma for six years, Ph.D. Alumnus Thomas Scott Woodward took a new direction in his career, pursuing his passion for the law.

Since graduating from Sam Houston State University in 1973 and serving a short tenure as a professor, Woodward returned to law school at Oklahoma City University and has risen through the ranks as a federal prosecutor. In 2010, he was appointed the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District in Oklahoma, where he manages a staff of 25 attorneys.

During his career, he has been involved in several high profile cases, including the 1983 conviction of the San Jacinto County Sheriff for prisoner torture and waterboarding, and served on an elite national emergency response entity which was organized following the Murrah Building Bombing in Oklahoma City.

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G.M. Cox (MS, '97), the Police Chief of the Murphy, TX Police Department, is aPhD candidate with University of Texas at Arlington. He is finishing dissertation and should graduate December 2011. Topic of study is generational differences and Public Service Motivation (PSM) among incumbent police officers. Also, the study will attempt to determine if there is a perceived crisis in policing as it relates to a decline of people willing to serve as police officers.

Dr. Chuck Howard, who received his Bachelors of Science degree in criminal justice from SHSU in 1981, was recently appointed Chair of the Forensic Psychology and Clinical Psychology graduate programs of the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Howard is a Licensed Psychologist and Assistant Professor, who had worked for the past nine years at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colorado.

Kelly Tootle McCall (BA '91) was promoted to Deputy Director of the First Judicial District Adult Probation Department, which serves the East Texas counties of Jasper, Newton, Sabine, and San Augustine.

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