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Having a national reputation as an expert on topics like threat assessment and international terrorism, Richard Holden has retired as professor emeritus of Criminal Justice after 23 years of service.
Holden came to CMSU in 1980 as an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice, and became chair the following year. Under Holden’s direction, the department emerged as a campus leader in technological innovation, both is use of classroom technology and Internet delivery of it programs. It was also among the most active departments in terms of developing international relations and providing high quality programs on campus for the CMSU community.
In addition to his role as department chair, Holden had administrative duties as director of the National Police Institute, which provides training for law enforcement officers across the nation. He also served as director of the Police Radar Certification Laboratory, which tests and certifies police radar united on a nationwide basis.
He taught more than 20 courses during his tenure at CMSU, and was a prolific researcher, having been involved in at least six book projects. A well-seasoned professional consultant, he has provided Homeland Security training for police officers in several states and anti-terrorism training at places such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy in Quantico, Va.
Holden studied in Texas, earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Abilene Christian University, and his Ph.D. in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University.