Business and Public Management Center
50 Sharpless Street
West Chester, PA 19383
Name: Dr. Anthony "Tony" R. Wheeler
Name: Dr. Lori Fuller
Position: Associate Dean (Interim)
Name: Kathy Koval
Position: Assistant Dean, Director of Business and Public Management Programs
Name: Cindy Cheyney
Position: Assistant Dean
Name: Laurie Christie
Position: Administrative Assistant to the Dean
Name: Paige Carey
Why did you choose WCU and/or CBPM?
"I was a state employee and I was very familiar with the state system of higher education. West Chester had one of the premiere Criminal Justice Programs in the state system."
How has the quality of education you received from WCU prepared you for life after graduation?
"The instructors that I had were very experienced, not just in the area of Criminal Justice, but also in life, particularly Dr. Saul Greenberg, who was very influential in sharing his insights into the field of criminal justice. Dr. Greenberg allowed me to work very closely with him. I considered him a mentor. He was a fantastic intellectual, and he really understood how police officials should be involved in the community. He knew what a difference criminal justice professionals could make in the quality of life for citizens."
What is a typical day like for you?
"As Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police, we have over 4,700 enlisted members and 1,800 civilian employees. From my perspective, my challenge going forward is to ensure that all the men and women of the PA state police, both enlisted and civilian, rise to the expectations of residents as it relates to ensuring public safety for every citizen and visitors to the Commonwealth.
I've always said since day one that my challenge is to effectively work with people. That is the message I try to convey to all of the members of the Pennsylvania State Police. Policing is about people. All Troopers must be willing to engage people in the furtherance of public safety. That is the challenge and message I have going forward on a daily basis."
What advice would you give to someone who would like to enter your field?
"I would advise them to have a vision of their future. I have always fashioned myself as a futurist. That entails being aware of your current position, but also having the capacity to look at what assets, resources, and positions you would like to be in ten to fifteen years from now. We need to be concerned about where we currently are, but we also have to have the capacity to think of where we want to be in the future. If you are a police executive, taking that long view into the future will serve you well in the challenges associated with leadership."
What advice would you give to our graduating seniors?
"If you are looking for a position in law enforcement, there are two agencies that I would highly recommend. The first one is the World Future Society. This organization will give aspiring executives a broad overview of what some of the challenges are on a world stage. From there, you can adopt strategies that will help individuals with what they are currently dealing with, and more importantly, give you that futures' view of research, which will guide and hopefully direct you into the future.
The second one I would encourage students and recent graduates to look at is the Society of Police Futurist International. It's an international think-tank of policing professionals that take a long view on delivering quality professional policing services to citizens."
What makes our college standout to you?
"My sense is that the faculty do a tremendous job of accommodating the students through their course schedules. That is a huge asset, at least it was for me."
When you were a student at WCU, did you do an internship and/or study abroad? If so, describe those experiences.
"No, I was working full time as a member of the Pennsylvania State Police. The University was very user friendly in terms of accommodating my work schedule."
What is your favorite memory of being a student at WCU and/or in our college?
"The thing I remember most is my level of comfort interacting with the student body, who knew I was a police officer. They accepted me and interacted with me in a very positive way. It allowed me to benefit from individuals who were participating in a program, or in a course. That comfort level was very important."
What's the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn't learn from your resume alone?
"I enjoy attending sporting events, playing golf and Broadway theatre."