Dr. Alan Stafford
Dr. Alan Ray Stafford, professor of criminal justice, has
been dean of the Cynthia Ann Parker College of Liberal Arts since 2001. He is
responsible for the academic oversight of the departments of communication,
criminal justice, English, history, foreign languages, philosophy, political
science, psychology, sociology, and social work. He also oversees the
leadership, honors, legal studies, and forensic studies programs.
Stafford is a former United States Marine and a Vietnam
veteran. He holds three degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi.
His B.S. (1974) and M.S. (1977) degrees are in criminal justice and his
doctorate (1983) is in criminal justice education.
He has served as a police officer in Pearl, Mississippi, as
head of the criminal justice department at Jones County Community College in
Ellisville, Mississippi, as assistant professor of criminal justice at West
Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas, and as associate professor of
criminal justice at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas, before coming
to HSU in 1986.
At HSU, he has served as professor of criminal justice and
was head of the criminal justice department until 2010. He still teaches
criminal justices courses on a regular basis.
Stafford has served as an administrator and instructor at
police training academies in Whitfield, Mississippi, Laurel, Mississippi,
Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Amarillo, Texas, Alpine, Texas, and Abilene, Texas.
He has served as a consultant to many cities and counties in Mississippi and
Stafford and his wife, Patricia, have three children who
graduated from HSU and three grandchildren.
- Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice,
University of Southern Mississippi, 1974
- Master of Science, Criminal Justice, University
of Southern Mississippi, 1977
- Doctor of Education, Criminal Justice Education,
University of Southern Mississippi, 1983