Bob McNamara named dean of The Citadel Graduate College
Bob McNamara has been named associate provost and dean of The Citadel Graduate College. Prior to assuming his new position in December, McNamara served as the associate dean of Evening Undergraduate Studies and as director of the 2 + 2 program in criminal justice.
"The Citadel Graduate College is poised to play a central role in the future of the institution and Bob brings a wealth of knowledge, insight and experience to the position," said Sam Hines, provost and dean of the college. "He has done an outstanding job of leading the Evening Undergraduate Studies Program. Under his guidance enrollment has more than doubled and continues to grow, the new criminal justice program has admitted nearly 60 students and we have cooperation agreements with nearly a dozen technical colleges in the state."
A resident of Mount Pleasant, S.C., McNamara earned an undergraduate degree in justice and law administration from Western Connecticut State University and a master's in sociology and criminal justice from Southern Connecticut State University. He earned two master's degrees as well as a doctorate in sociology from Yale University. He is the author of more than 25 books on topics ranging from policing and crime to homelessness and urban sociology and social gerontology.
Outside his administrative duties, McNamara has also served as a Senior Research Fellow for the National Strategy Information Center, the Policy Lab, the Police Executive Research Forum, in Washington, D.C., and the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, in Baltimore, Md. He served as a consultant for the Executive Office of Weed and Seed in Washington, D.C. and has published numerous articles on a variety of topics and has been a consultant for state, federal and private agencies on topics such as AIDS, drug abuse, urban redevelopment, homelessness, policing, gangs, and health care. He also worked with the Regional Community Policing Institute at Eastern Kentucky University to study school safety in eight high schools across the state and with the Mexican government and the National Strategy Information Center to develop an anti-corruption curriculum in Mexico's public schools.
The Citadel, founded in 1842, began offering graduate degrees in education in 1968. Sixteen people were in the first graduating class in 1970. Now, 45 years later, The Citadel Graduate College offers more than 30 graduate degree and certificate programs as well as four evening undergraduate programs.
"While many challenges lie ahead, with the help and support of the senior staff at The Citadel, I am confident we can achieve our goals and position the college to be successful for years to come," McNamara said. "I look forward to the opportunity to help the college grow."