CSU Hires First Full-Time Faculty Member at West Point

COLUMBUS, Ga. - West Point Police Chief David Kerr has become a familiar face in Troup County, having led the department since 1988.

At the same time he began thinking about retirement, Columbus State University was starting a new academic site in his hometown, teaching classes to more than 100 people in its first semester.

David Kerr The timing worked out great for everyone, as Kerr, right, will retire from police work at the end of 2009 and start 2010 as Columbus State University’s first full-time professor in West Point.

“This move is a win-win in so many ways,” Kerr said. “I’m glad to be part of the CSU team that will be expanding the opportunities to West Point and the surrounding area, and I’m so happy to be remaining an integral part of a wonderful community.”

Reporting directly to Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Inessa Levi, Kerr will teach eight courses per year, in criminal justice, political science and public administration.

Kerr will be housed in the West Point office at 707 Third Ave. downtown.

In addition to his instructional duties, Kerr, as well as West Point’s office manager, will do as much as possible to assist students with enrollment, financial aid and advising to minimize or eliminate the need for students to travel to the main campus in Columbus.

“We are so excited to have Dr. Kerr join our West Point team,” Levi said. “His academic credentials are excellent, and he is well known throughout the area. The hiring of our first full-time faculty member in West Point further solidifies the university’s commitment to providing first-class educational opportunities in Troup County.”

Kerr has a doctorate in organization and management from Capella University, a master’s degree from Columbus State and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of West Georgia.

He has taught at the Columbus Regional Police Academy since 1990. He’s also taught for Columbus State University, Georgia Command College and for the Georgia Association of the Chiefs of Police, which he’s been involved with since 1988, serving as president in 2000-2001.