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Gary Will, M.S.C.J.

Criminal Justice | Assistant Professor

M.S. in Criminal Justice (2008) – Andrew Jackson University; Birmingham, Ala.
Undergraduate Certificate, School of Police Staff and Command (2003) – Northwestern University; Evanston, Ill.
B.S. in Liberal Studies, minor in Criminal Justice and a minor in Political Science (2000) – Eastern Oregon University; La Grande, Ore.
A.S. in General Studies, Occupational Minor in Criminal Justice (1988) – Clackamas Community College; Oregon City, Ore.
Gary Will is an assistant professor teaching full-time on campus. Professor Will started residentially at Waldorf in August of 2020 teaching Criminal Justice courses.

His primary areas of interest include leadership, criminal justice administration, management and supervision. He also has an interest in the police segment of the criminal justice system.

Prior to working at Waldorf, Professor Will was at Southwestern Oregon Community College teaching criminal justice, emergency management and first aid/CPR. Professor Will was recognized by the Coos Bay Area Chamber of Commerce in 2019 with an Excellence in Education Award. Professor Will also taught at United Tribes Technical College where he was the Chair of the Criminal Justice Department.

Before going into teaching, Professor Will spent nearly 40 years in law enforcement, 35 years full-time and five years as a volunteer. In addition to the 26 years as a chief of police he had assignments as a deputy medical examiner, commercial motor vehicle inspector and worked undercover drug investigations. Professor Will has been certified in Oregon (all six levels), Alaska (all three levels), South Dakota, Tennessee and licensed in Minnesota.

Professor Will served in the military enlisting as a private first class in the Alaska National Guard. After basic training he was sent to officer candidate school and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. Professor will served almost eight years going between the National Guard, active duty and Army Reserve before leaving in 2001. He then joined the Oregon State Defense Force serving in the state military unit until 2011 leaving as a Major and acting executive officer of the 41st Regiment.

Professor Will is a life member of the International Association Chiefs of Police and has current memberships in the Oregon Criminal Justice Educators Association, Western States Criminal Justice Educators Association and the American Legion.