Jake Andrews first came to Wilmington University as an undergrad and went on to earn his master’s in Administration of Justice.
Later, he taught at WilmU, bringing his real-life experience as a law enforcement professional to the classroom as an adjunct for 10 years.
Now, Andrews is the new chair of the Criminal Justice Program in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. He succeeds Dr. Jim Warwick, who was promoted to director.
“I’ve been on campus since I was a student in 2004 and WilmU has a great environment,” he says.
He has enjoyed a long and varied career, serving in the military police in the Air Force reserve for six years. In June, he retired after 20 years with the New Castle County Police, where his roles included patrol officer and detective, where he led abuse investigations. Andrews also was a public information officer and patrol executive officer.
An integral part of his plan at WilmU is to expand the criminal justice program through partnerships with the Department of Corrections, diverse advocates, forensic interviewers and various law enforcement agencies.
WilmU also will enhance flexible schedules for people who currently are working in law enforcement.
“The end game is to help students find careers in criminal justice and to advance the careers of people who already are in the field,” he says.