Hunter honored for service as president of criminal justice organization

Ronald D. Hunter, professor of applied criminology at Western Carolina University, was recently honored by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences after completing a one-year term as president of the international organization.

During the academy’s annual meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio, Hunter was recognized for his “extraordinary efforts, support and dedication” as the organization’s president. He also was praised by the academy’s security and crime prevention section for “outstanding contributions as adviser and leading consultant,” and was awarded an honorary membership in the Alpha Phi Sigma national honor society in criminal justice.

Hunter will continue to serve on the academy’s executive board as immediate past president.

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.

Before joining the WCU faculty in 2004, Hunter held teaching positions at the State University of West Georgia, Jacksonville State University and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He was listed in “Who’s Who Among American Teachers” in 2004 and named the Southern Criminal Justice Association’s “Outstanding Educator” in 2002.

Headquartered in Greenbelt, Md., the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences 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.