260 Graduate from College in December

Security Studies graduates
Security Studies graduates and faculty.

The College of Criminal Justice graduated its fall class of 2013 in December, with about 230 undergraduates and more than 30 graduate students, including two new Ph.D.s.

Joining the ranks of top College scholars are Drs. Wen-Chih (Billy) Huang and John M. Marks, Jr. Huang is the Section Chief, Investigation Section, Interpol Taipei, International Criminal Affairs Division, Taipei City, Taiwan, R.O.C. Dr. Marks will teach at the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Kennesaw State University in Georgia and in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL.

Faculty from the College of Criminal Justice.
Faculty from the College of Criminal Justice.
Dr. Huang’s dissertation was on “Broken Bonds: Crime and Delinquency of Foreign Immigrants in Taiwan.” His committee was chaired by Dr. Jurg Gerber and included members Drs. Michael Vaughn and Furjen Deng.
Marks’ dissertation was on “The Thin Green Line: A Socio-Historical Analysis of Conservation Law Enforcement in the United States.” His committee included Chair Dr. Willard Oliver and members Drs. Jerry Dowling and Larry Hoover.

More than 30 other students received graduate degrees, which were delivered in traditional classes, on weekends or online. Among the degrees awarded were:

    Dr. Gaylene Armstrong (l) hugs a graduate, while Alumni Relations Director Cutty Gilbert looks on (r).
  • Master of Arts in Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science in Security Studies
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice Leadership and Management Online
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice Leadership and Management Weekend

The Fall 2013 graduating class included more than 230 undergraduates.

The Commencement Ceremony, held on Dec. 14 at the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum, featured keynote speaker Preston Johnson Jr., president of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, Houston and Southeast Texas Region. Johnson has more than 30 years of leadership experience in finance, business, employee development and human resource management.

A graduate readies for Commencement.
A graduate readies for Commencement.
Johnson earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting from Sam Houston State University in 1977 and his MBA from the University of Houston in 1983. He was named a Distinguished Alumnus of SHSU in 2003, as well as a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Houston, Clear Lake, and is a member of the SHSU College of Business Administration Hall of Honor.

Working in six different positions for the Dow Chemical Company from 1977 until 2000, Johnson was a key principal in the global transformation of the company to increase productivity by providing business alignment, eliminating hierarchy leadership and creating a sustainable competitive advantage for Dow globally.

In 2000, Johnson joined CenterPoint Energy, Inc., as the senior vice president of human resources and shared services. He has also served as senior vice president and chief human resources officer at McDermott International, Inc., and vice president of human resources for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation.

Dr. Holly Miller makes a presentation to CJ graduates and their friends and families at a pre-Commencement reception.
Dr. Holly Miller makes a presentation to CJ graduates and their friends and families at a pre-Commencement reception.
Most recently, he was an independent business consultant for Delta Airlines. In his role with Delta, he served as the interim vice president of people and organization for Monroe Energy, LLC, which is a 100 percent wholly owned subsidiary of Delta.

Johnson serves on the SHSU President’s Advisory Circle, the College of Business Administration’s Advisory Board, and the Texas Business and Education Coalition Board of Directors.

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