Experienced Criminal Justice Professionals Hired to Lead AU's New Online Criminal Justice Program

Two Hired as Part of Ashland University’s New Online Criminal Justice Program
Jeffrey Shook, at left, and Joe Perry, at right.

10/18/13 ASHLAND, Ohio – The new online Criminal Justice degree completion program at Ashland University has new leadership. Joe Perry of Marion, Ohio, has been hired as director and Jeffrey Shook of Lexington, Ohio, has been hired as lead recruiter.

Perry, who has 25 years of experience in the criminal justice field working in various fields such as law enforcement, courts, probation, juvenile corrections and adult corrections, comes to Ashland after serving as administrative lieutenant for the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office.

Perry also served as assistant administrator of the Juvenile Detention Center at the Marion County Family and Juvenile Court, as Chief Probation Officer of County Court for Marietta Municipal Court, and as a Deputy Sheriff for the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in Marietta.

Perry has more than seven years of teaching experience in a college class setting, working as a faculty member in the criminal justice department at Tiffin University, as a faculty member in the health and human services department at Marion Technical College, and as a unit instructor in the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy.

Perry received a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration from the University of Rio Grande. He also has a dual degree associate of applied science – criminal justice from Washington State Community College.

Shook, a resident of Lexington, received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in 2010 and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Tiffin University in 2013.

Prior to joining AU, he served as forensic computer examiner/investigator for the Ohio Internet Crimes against Children (ICAC) Task Force and the Franklin County Internet Crimes against Children Task Force from 2011 to 2013.

He also served as police detective with the Mansfield Police Department from 1989 until his retirement in 2011. For the 12 years prior to retirement, he was assigned as an investigator with the detective bureau of the Mansfield police department. He also served as a patrol officer for 11 years prior to being assigned to the Detective Bureau and, while in the patrol section, served as a K-9 handler, Field Training Officer, Community Policing, and PAL Coordinator.

From 2010 to 2011, he served as Task Force Officer with the U.S. Marshal’s Office Northern Ohio Violent Offenders Task Force. Shook also served in the Marine Corps from 1982 to 1989 and attained the rank of sergeant and was a platoon leader.

Shook is very involved in community service and has served as Ohio Police Athletic League treasurer, Ohio Juvenile Police Officers Association Board of Directors, Past Vice President of the Blue Unit Coordinator FOP Lodge #32, member of the Mansfield Police Athletic League and Voting Delegate of the Ohio Police Athletic League. From 2003 to the present, he has served as a football official at the high school and collegiate levels and serves as an umpire in the North Coast Athletic Conference (Division 3) football.

AU’s new program is designed to provide adults with a flexible online option to earn a bachelor’s degree in as little as 18 months in this high-demand field. Specific program information is available through Ashland University’s website at www.ashland.edu/cjonline  or by calling 855-388-8100.

Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###