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Gary Cordner, Ph.D.

Gary CordnerGary Cordner, Ph.D.
Professor of Criminal Justice

Gary Cordner joined the Department of Criminal Justice at Kutztown University in January 2008, after teaching for 21 years at Eastern Kentucky University, including five years as Dean of the College of Justice & Safety. At EKU he also founded and directed the Regional Community Policing Institute and the International Justice & Safety Institute. Before EKU he worked as a police officer and police chief in Maryland and taught at Washington State University and the University of Baltimore.

Dr. Cordner is currently a Commissioner on the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. He is a past member of the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council, the Kentucky Criminal Justice Council, and the Lexington/Fayette County Civil Service Commission. He is past editor of the American Journal of Police and Police Quarterly, and past president of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS). He has published several books and numerous articles and book chapters on community policing, police administration, and related topics.

Dr. Cordner was given the O.W. Wilson Award by the Police Section of ACJS, the Outstanding Educator Award by the Southern Criminal Justice Association, and outstanding alumnus awards by Northeastern University and Michigan State University. He also received the Academy Fellow Award and the Outstanding Paper Award from ACJS. In 2006 he was given an honorary doctor's degree by the Saint Petersburg University of the State Fire Service in Saint Petersburg, Russia.