Keeping teens safe at school

Kevin Craig

With more than 25 years of experience in public safety, emergency management and school security, alumnus Kevin Craig, MAS’13, keeps the nearly 1,000 students attending High Point Regional High School in Wantage, N.J., safe every day.  

As Director of Safety and Security, Craig continually builds relationships with both students and faculty, utilizing the leadership skills he learned as Chief of Police of Jefferson Township and in Fairleigh Dickinson University's Master of Administrative Science (MAS) program.

”I took all of my [FDU] courses online and it just worked for my family life and work schedules,” says Craig. “The online forums were terrific and I got to meet other law enforcement and military personnel.”

Craig, a father of four children ranging in age from 12 to 22 years old, is a certified public manager, state-certified Safe School Resource Officer, active shooter response instructor and accredited chief executive-chief of police. He is also an advisory board member/instructor for the New Jersey Association of School Resource Officers.

”Life can get very busy, but you can always find time to pursue your educational goals,” says Craig. ”As an adult learner, I found the professional instructors in the MAS program to be quite knowledgeable, approachable and generally interested in helping us be the best we can be.”

In addition to his vast law enforcement credentials, Craig has years of experience as a certified police instructor, adjunct professor and high school educator. His experience and training also includes K-12 school security, anti-bullying specialist and truancy and residency investigator.

”There are many important features of the MAS program to highlight including the high level leadership programs,” adds Craig. ”When you work full-time, have a family, the affordability and flexibility of the program was tremendous."

He also earned a graduate certificate in School Security and Safety Administration. Craig is presently the founder/CEO of Shield32 Consulting in Sussex, NJ.

"It's all about networking and building relationships," says Craig. "Whether you take courses online or in a classroom setting, the possibilities are endless."

Founded in 1998, Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies provides high-quality academic programs to students of all ages — from high school students to adult learners — at different stages of their career and learning cycle.