CULLOWHEE – Ronald D. Hunter, professor and head of the department of applied criminology at Western Carolina University, has been chosen to serve as second vice president of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, putting him on track to become president of the international organization in 2007.
Headquartered in Greenbelt, Md., the academy was established in 1963 to foster professional and scholarly activities in the field of criminal justice. Membership totals about 3,000 and includes criminal justice scholars, professionals from all sectors of the criminal justice field, and students.
Hunter was chosen second vice president during a fall election, and he will take that office in March. He will become first vice president in March 2006 and president in March 2007.
Hunter previously held teaching positions at the State University of West Georgia, Jacksonville State University and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He joined Western’s faculty in July 2004.
Prior to entering academia, Hunter served as a sergeant with the Tallahassee, Fla., police department. He earned his doctoral degree in criminology at Florida State University and has published a number of articles and book chapters dealing with crime prevention and law enforcement. He also has authored several books dealing with police systems and practices, police and community relations, and research methods.
Hunter currently serves as a regional trustee for the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and he also has held offices with the Southern Criminal Justice Association, serving as president of that organization from 1998 to 1999. He was listed in “Who’s Who Among American Teachers” in 2004 and named the Southern Criminal Justice Association’s “Outstanding Educator” in 2002.