By Adam Baker/News writer

After a comprehensive search President Joanne Glasser announced Tuesday that Allen Ault, chief of the Special Projects Division of the National Institute of Corrections in Washington, D.C., will assume the position of dean of the College of Justice and Safety July 1. Ault was selected from a pool of five final candidates narrowed down by a search committee appointed by Glasser in early February and headed by Dominick Hart, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

“He has demonstrated an understanding of and a sensitivity to the diverse needs, interests and initiatives of the College of Justice and Safety,” Hart said. “I believe he will serve the college and the university well.”

Glasser also said Ault is well-qualified for his new position.

“Dr. Ault brings over 30 years of experience in the field of justice and safety,” she said.

“He was selected from a distinguished group of candidates selected in a national search and possesses the impressive breadth of knowledge and experience and clear vision to lead our Program of Distinction to even greater levels of excellence and service.”

Before being named dean at Eastern, Ault was chair of the criminal justice department at Georgia State University and has served as the commissioner of state departments of corrections in three states.

Ault was also president of a national criminal justice consulting firm for 11 years and chief of the National Academy of Corrections in Boulder, Colo., for two years.

In a Progress phone interview on Tuesday, Ault said he was honored and excited about his appointment.

“It’s a great opportunity,” he said. “I’ve been looking forward to it ever since I was on campus and met such wonderful people.”

As far as his first action as dean, Ault said he had “no clue.”

“It will probably be to first move into my desk,” he laughed.

Current dean of the college Gary Cordner said Ault was a “fine selection.”

“I think the search committee, including Dean Hart, did a great job in bringing in a range of qualified candidates for the president to consider,” he said.

Cordner added that the best advice he could give Ault in his new position would be to have confidence in the existing justice and safety team.

“Dr. Ault will be inheriting a management group of department chairs and center directors who are really good, as well as very talented faculty and staff,” he said. “I would advise him to rely on these people until he has time to make his own judgments about things.”