History of the Administration of Justice Program
Since its inception in June of 1984, the Mississippi College Administration of Justice Program has provided its students with exceptional faculty members from diverse backgrounds who help students develop the necessary critical thinking skills to compete in the multi-faceted world of criminal justice. Our program graduates outstanding individuals who secure top jobs and become leaders at the local, state, and federal levels of law enforcement and in the loss prevention/security management sectors.
Since June of 1984, the Mississippi College Administration of Justice Program has had over 250 Bachelor of Science graduates as well as 70 graduates in the Master of Social Science Program. Our graduates are currently enjoying careers at the local, state, and federal levels as well as in the loss prevention/security management sectors.
If you are interested in being taught criminal justice, homeland security or loss prevention/security management by a faculty of highly trained professionals that emphasize real-world situations, please contact Dr. Harry Porter at 601.925.3266 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Administration of Justice Faculty
The Administration of Justice faculty pledge to provide our students with the instruction and personal guidance necessary for achieving their career goals. Administration of Justice faculty members have demonstrated a long-standing commitment to teaching and advising their students. The vast majority of our faculty members have actual professional experience in the fields they teach. The level of education provided by our experienced faculty has become the foundation for the success of our graduates. Our faculty utilize their connections at the local, state, and federal levels to help our students with internships and future employment opportunities. Below, you will find a listing of current Administration of Justice faculty and adjunct professors.
Dr. Harry Porter: Program Director
Dr. Porter received his Doctorate from the University of Southern Mississippi. He has been been the Director of the Administration of Justice Program since its humble beginnings in 1984, when he left a similar position as Director of the Criminal Justice Program at William Carey College in Hattiesburg, MS, where he had taught for 8 years. Prior to William Carey College, Dr. Porter taught at the University of Southern Mississippi and was a Police Officer in Petal, Mississippi. Dr. Porter teaches the following courses: Introduction to Criminal Justice, Analysis of Drug Abuse, Police Stress, Police Process, Police Problems and Practices, Deviant Behavior, Mythology of Crime, Human Relations and Police Work, Dr. Porter also conducts the following seminars : American Police Process, American Criminal Justice Process, American Corrections Process.
Lt Colonel (Ret.), Stephen C. McCraney
Professor McCraney is the current Director of Public Safety at Mississippi College. He is a former Commander of a Weapons of Mass Destruction Unit, Community Corrections Associate Director-Probation and Parole, Certified Police Officer who has worked in College, City, and State level law enforcement positions. McCraney received his Master of Social Science Degree in Administration of Justice from Mississippi College. Professor McCraney teaches Police Rights and Responsibilities, Emergency Management, Report Writing and Interpersonal Communication Skills, Domestic Terrorism, Kinesic Interview and Interrogation, and other courses in Homeland Security Studies.
Dr. Godfrey Garner
Dr. Garner holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Mississippi State University. Following two tours in Viet Nam and a lengthy break in military service, Dr. Garner rejoined and eventually retired from the 20th Special Forces group in 2006. He then worked as the Chairman of the Criminal Justice Program at Hinds Community College in Raymond, MS before he completed two military and six civilian government-related tours in Afghanistan. His work in Afghanistan most recently has been in counterintelligence. He has articles published in Homeland Security Today, Foreign Policy Journal, and Journal of American Diplomacy on issues relating to Afghanistan. He is also the author of the novels Danny Kane, The Hunt for Mullah Omar, The Balance of Exodus, and Clothed in White Raiment. He is currently a part-time Professor at Mississippi College teaching courses in Intelligence Analysis, Domestic Terrorism, International Terrorism, Border Security, Criminology, and History of Crime.
Professor Spence is A.B.D. in Criminal Justice at the University of Southern Mississippi and formerly was an Instructor at Holmes Community College in Ridgeland, MS. At Mississippi College, Spence teaches Juvenile Justice Process, Child Abuse Investigation, Juvenile Justice, Juvenile Gangs, Forensic Science, Victimology, and Criminal Profiling.
Dr. Ron Howard
Dr. Howard is Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of History here at MC. He received his Doctorate from the University of Tennessee. Dr. Howard teaches Constitutional Development I and II for Administration of Justice.
Professor Lawless received a B.S. in Administration of Justice (1988) and an M.S.S. in Administration of Justice (1994) from Mississippi College. Lawless is also currently employed as an Investigator/Patrol Officer for the Mississippi College Office of Public Safety. He started his law enforcement career in 1987 as a Jailer with the Hinds County Sheriff's Department. In 1989, Tim transferred to the Brandon Police Department where he worked as a Patrol Officer for 7 years before being hired by the Rankin County Sheriff's Department, where he worked as a Patrol Officer, Narcotics Investigator, and Criminal Investigator. In 2005, Tim was promoted to Chief Investigator where he served until he retired in 2013 with over 26 years of experience in law enforcement. Lawless is a graduate of the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officer's Training Academy and has attended numerous advanced training schools including the FBI Hostage Negotiator's School and the DEA Clandestine Lab School in Quantico, VA. As an Administration of Justice instructor, he teaches Homicide Investigation, Criminal Investigation, Juvenile Justice Process, and Arrest, Search, and Seizure.
While attending Mississippi College as an undergraduate student, Luckey worked for the Drug Enforcement Administration as an intern. After graduating from Mississippi College in 2004 with a B.S. in Administration of Justice, he began working as a Patrolman for Brandon Police Department. He graduated from Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers Training Academy (MLEOTA) in 2005 and received awards for highest scholastic average, highest overall average "Top Cop," and top of his class in Police Subject Control (defensive tactics). After graduating MLEOTA, Luckey continued his training and completed four levels of Accident Reconstruction Certification. He later gained the status of an expert witness while testifying in the field of Accident Reconstruction. Luckey later received certificates as a Police Subject Control Instructor and a NRA Handgun and Shotgun Instructor. While working at the Brandon Police Department, he was promoted to Sgt. and became their SWAT Team Commander. In 2008, Luckey resigned from Brandon Police Department in order to attend Mississippi College School of Law. While attending the MC School of Law, he worked as a Correctional Officer at the Rankin County Detention Center for approximately 6 months. Bo then returned to Brandon Police Department where he worked as an Animal Control Officer/Patrolmen. During this time, Bo was also an operator on the SWAT Team and the Captain of the Brandon Police Department LawFit Team. He graduated from the Mississippi College School of Law in 2011 with his Doctor of Jurisprudence and began working for the Mississippi Attorney General's Office as a Criminal Investigator with the Consumer Protection Division. As an AG Criminal Investigator, he investigates any and all types of white collar crime with his primary focus being on Identity Theft and fraud. He also travels the State of Mississippi and educates consumers to the dangers of counterfeit merchandise and how to protect themselves from becoming a victim of Identity Theft or fraud. As a Task Force Officer with Homeland Security Luckey has Federal authority and jurisdiction to enforce violations with an international nexus under Title 19. Luckey is an adjunct instructor who teaches White Collar Crime, Arrest, Search and Seizure, and Police Process for the Administration of Justice Program here at Mississippi College.
Professor Nelson is the Director of the Paralegal Program. She received her MBA from Mississippi College and teaches Judicial Process and Legal Research for the Administration of Justice Program here at MC.
Professor Buescher received his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University. He also received a Master of Science in Security Studies from Sam Houston State University and a Master of Social Science in Administration of Justice from Mississippi College. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership in Criminal Justice from the University of the Cumberlands. He is a Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI) and was a member of the Security Forces in the United States Air Force. He has worked in corrections, security management, loss prevention, and organized retail crime investigations. Buescher currently works as a Client Value Manager for one the nations largest security firms, Allied Barton. He helped develop the curriculum for the Loss Prevention/Security Management degree program at Mississippi College and teaches Introduction to Loss Prevention, Introduction to Criminal Justice, Introduction to Physical Security, Private Security Law, Executive Management in Private Security and Arrest, Search and Seizure.
Professor Louys received his Master of Social Science degree from Mississippi College and is a retired F.B.I. Special Agent. Louys teaches Organized Crime, Homicide Investigation, and Criminal Investigation.
Professor Jones received his Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Delta State University. He has previously worked as the Chief Investigator for the Mississippi Department of Transportation, Director of Internal Affairs for the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, Special Projects Director for Mississippi Department of Public Safety, and Chief Property Officer for Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics. He is currently employed as the Projects Officer for the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics. Curtis teaches Police Ethics, Police Personnel Administration, and Crime Control in America.
Professor Martinez received his Juris Doctorate from Mississippi College and teaches Legal Aspects of Homeland Security and Transportation Security.
Professor Murray received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Mississippi and is a U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s office in Jackson, MS. Murray teaches Criminal Law for the Administration of Justice Program.
Professor Hawkins received her Master of Social Science degree in Administration of Justice from Mississippi College. Hawkins worked for one year as a Dispatcher for the Rankin County Sheriff’s Office, 6 years as a child Support Officer for the Mississippi Department of Human Services, 4 years as a Correctional Case Manager/ Program Assistant with the female inmates at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility at Pearl, 7 years as a Victim Advocate for MADD, and is currently a VOCA (Victims of Crime Act) Program Manager for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety Planning. Professor Hawkins teaches Victimology and Community Based Corrections for the Administration of Justice Program.
Professor Girod received his B.S. degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1980 and in 1999 received his M.S.S. in Administration of Justice from Mississippi College. Girod is also a graduate of the U.S. Department of Justice, F.B.I. National Academy in Quantico, VA and has served as a Jails Consultant for the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections. In 1980, Girod worked for the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) serving in the Jail Division. In 1982, he was promoted to the Patrol Division and became an agent with the MS Bureau of Narcotics in an undercover capacity while also conducting “Top Side” narcotic investigations. In 1984, Girod was called back to the Hinds County Sheriff's Office to serve in the Patrol Division. Three years later he helped form the HCSO Narcotics Division and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant of the division. In 1990, he was promoted to the rank of Captain and was responsible for the management of the HCSO Special Operations Division. In 1992, he was promoted to the rank of Major, responsible for HCSO Jails Division, which included 3 jails and an inmate population of approximately 1,000 pretrial and post trial inmates. In 1996, he transferred to the management of all HCSO non-jail divisions and became the Director of Security with Methodist Hospitals of Mississippi. In 1999, Arty became the Director of Police for the University of Mississippi Medical Center where he served for 15 years before retiring from full time Law Enforcement with 35 years of service. Arty is currently serving as an Adjunct Instructor for the Administration of Justice Program at MC and is teaching Hospital and Healthcare Security.
Burnside has been the fire chief for the Clinton Fire Department since 2005. He started his career in Clinton in 1994 as a firefighter. He has served in the divisions of fire-suppression, fire-prevention, and training and safety before being promoted to the position of fire chief. Burnside is a graduate of Mississippi College (BSBA), Jacksonville State University (MS in Emergency Management), and the Executive Fire Officer Program (National Fire Academy). He has attended numerous courses at FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute and the United States Fire Administration in Emmitsburg, Maryland. He is currently attending Jackson State University in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning Doctoral Program. He is a graduate of the Mississippi Fire Academy in various basic and advanced technical fire and rescue courses including Certified Advanced Rescue Specialist, Smoke Diver, Fire Officer, Fire Ground Leadership, and Fire Instructor. He is also an adjunct instructor at the Mississippi Fire Academy teaching various fire and rescue courses.