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Executive Vice President of Learning

Dr. Michael WigginsBefore becoming Executive Vice President of Learning in 2013, Dr. Wiggins had over 34 years of extensive experience in higher education.  He came to Northark from Lindenwood University in Belleville, Illinois where he served concurrently as the Division Chair of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Chair and Professor of the Department of Criminal Justice.  He also holds the title of Professor Emeritus from the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, Missouri.

He has served in increasing roles of responsibility as a professor, manager, and administrator.  Wiggins has held positions as Director of the National Police Institute, Coordinator of the National Traffic Management Institute, Director of the Missouri Law Enforcement Training Academy at the University of Central Missouri (UCM), Director of the UCM Critical Performance Laboratory for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and Director of the UCM Criminal Justice Computer Lab.

Dr. Wiggins is a court recognized legal expert in Accident Reconstruction.  He has provided consultation services to law firms and rendered expert opinions in major court cases.  Additionally, his research papers, expert reviews and creative endeavors have received broad attention.  He is well-known for his sense of humor and has frequently spoken at events related to higher education.  He was Co-recipient of the Greer-Oppenheimer Lecture Series Award.  The Topic of the lecture was Political Extremism and Terrorism in America.  He also received Honorable Mention for his paper An Analysis of Parole Release Procedures in Missouri submitted to CMSU Research under a competitive selection process.

Dr. Wiggins has held memberships in many organizations including the Missouri Police Chiefs’ Association, Association of Certified Law Enforcement Training Center Directors, International Association of Chiefs of Police, American Correctional Association, American Society of Criminology, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Missouri Correctional Association, Lambda Alpha Epsilon, National Criminal Justice Association, and Alpha Phi Sigma, National Criminal Justice Honor Society.

He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi.