Writer with AMU Alumnus, Joseph W. Kripp
Job name: Director of Security, Security and Transportation, University of St. Francis, Joliet, Illinois
Degree earned: M.A. Security Management, 2013, American Military University
What have you been doing since earning your M.A. in Security Management at AMU?
I obtained my master’s degree in 2013 as I ready for my transition out of a public sector career in law enforcement to private sector safety administration. I retired in 2013 as a Supervisory Special Agent in the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) following 24 years of service and 11 years as a police officer at a metropolitan police department in the greater Chicago area.
I started working for American Military University as a consultant on the private sector security initiative group. Later, the University of St. Francis hired me as the Director of Safety, Security and Transport. I’ve been there since then.
What led you to choose a master’s degree with us? Can it be based on fire or a particular career objective?
I chose a master’s degree with AMU to further my education and become a viable candidate in my post-law enforcement career. I adored my career in law enforcement and wished to further excel in my pursuit as a personal security management professional. Gaining a master’s degree in security management, which AMU provided, gave me the added skill set that made me a more competitive candidate in this ever-increasing, demanding profession.
Did your level with AMU help prepare you for specific challenges you have come across on your field?
The safety management graduate program was an immense advantage to my transition and preparation out of the public sector to private sector safety. AMU’s programs helped students to become more knowledgeable about multiple levels of security administration. I had been a motivated student and gave it my all. In return, the AMU applications dramatically increased my knowledge foundation, my critical thinking skills and my ability to work through challenges.
Tell us about your position in your employer.
I’m currently the Director of Security, Security and Transportation. My position provides leadership at the implementation, coordination and management of the university’s security, security and transportation departments. The goal is to present an effective set of applications to ensure a safe and secure learning environment for pupils, administrators, faculty and staff in a campus that’s growing beyond its present borders.
What are the biggest challenges in your business?
There are numerous challenges in today’s campus communities. The intricate issues of boosting student mental health, privacy and public safety–there is a fragile balance among them–weigh heavily on a lot of individuals in the campus security and security industry.
American campuses have a proud history of intellectual freedom, openness and public accessibility to their communities. However, the Virginia Tech shootings on April 16, 2007 marked a grim landmark in Western campus violence, projecting light on wide-ranging Regions of concern, including:
- The number of pupils with mental health issues on college campuses as well as the tools available to campuses to assist them.
- The legal functions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Title IX and the Health Insurance and Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in campus policies and procedures.
- The condition of uncertainty on campus concerning the legality of sharing information about pupils with mental health issues, both for students’ own great and the campus.
- Balancing student privacy, campus safety, and public safety.
- Gun control laws as they pertain to campus security.
- College and university crisis procedures, such as violent active dangers, lockdowns and communication procedures.
- College and university administrative procedures seeing disturbing pupil behavior and their legal ramifications.
Is there a particular course or professor in AMU that stood out?
Each class from the Security Management grad program brought different, positive views to me personally. The classes involving the various sorts of physical protection methods and how they would be integrated in the modern ever-changing hazard environment were the most intriguing to me.
In addition, the AMU professor who stood out the most to me was Dr. Jeffrey T. Fowler, Ph.D.. What a great mentor and resource!
Which are two key pieces of advice that you would pass on to somebody new to online education?
The two pieces of advice I would pass on to anyone new to online education is : to be self-disciplined and dedicated in studying the material. It is not simple, but definitely quite rewarding. Stick to it. Be passionate in achieving success.
What is your favorite thing about online instruction?
My favourite thing about my internet learning has been the ability to network and learn from other people, particularly from people that have different perspectives and experiences.
What would you love to do in your spare time?
My time is very valuable to me and it is quite limited. Whenever I find free time, it’s devoted to my family.
Online education is not a one-size-fits-all. It’s a great chance for people looking to increase their knowledge in their existing regions of expertise or looking at new avenues for growth.
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