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Dr. William J. Sullivan

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Dr. Bill Sullivan is an Assistant Professor of Homeland Security at Eastern Kentucky University. He obtained his B.S. in Police Administration in 1984, M.S. in Safety Security and Emergency Management with a certificate of focus in Homeland Security in 2007, and his Doctorate in Leadership and Policy Studies with a research focus on School Safety and Security from Eastern Kentucky University in 2013.

Dr. Sullivan retired from the Kentucky State Police in 2008 at the rank of Major where he was the executive level director for 8 of the 16 State Police Posts in Kentucky. He served a total of 25 years in Kentucky Law Enforcement and was a highly decorated officer having received the agencies highest award, the Governor’s Medal of Valor, as well as the Meritorious Service with Valor, two Commissioners Commendations, and numerous other recognitions. During his career Dr. Sullivan spent 14 years in the Special Operations, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism fields serving in multiple positions including: tactical team member with the agencies full-time Special Response Team, Special Response Team Leader, Commander of Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, and Commander of the Special Operations Branch. He was one of the primary founders of the Kentucky Fusion Center and was extensively involved with the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security and the state’s various homeland security efforts. Dr. Sullivan’s involvement in homeland security and intelligence included activities at the local, state, and federal levels and he served on a host of boards and committees throughout the nation representing the State Police, Kentucky Law Enforcement, the Kentucky Fusion Center, and the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security.

Following his retirement Dr. Sullivan instructed classes at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training (DOCJT) developing and teaching a variety of courses addressing prevention, mitigation and response strategies for active shooter events and other critical incidents. He also instructed classes in Kentucky and throughout the nation addressing security measures, threat assessments, extremist and terrorist groups, and other homeland security and law enforcement topics for DOCJT and the Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC).

Although much of Dr. Sullivan’s research and publication efforts focus on school safety and security his academic interest additionally involve critical infrastructure protection, homeland threats, law enforcement and security training. He is also a member, research contributor, and presenter with the American Educational Research Association.


Subject  TitleDatesLocationTerm
HLS 101Intro to Homeland SecurityTR 9:30am-10:45am Stratton Building 153Spring 2020
HLS 310Personnel SecurityTR 2:00pm-3:15pm Stratton Building 202Spring 2020
HLS 402CounterintelligenceW 6:00pm-8:45pm Stratton Building 202Spring 2020
SSE 827Issues in Security Management  Internet Classes SITESpring 2020
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