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New Instructor from Oil City for Criminal Justice Programs


February 24, 2022 12:22 pm

Northern Pennsylvania Regional College is pleased to announce the addition of faculty-member David Wilson to their academic team. Dave joins NPRC as an Oil City native with a long history of law enforcement in the region. As the first full-time faculty member in Criminal Justice, he will lead the Associate of Science in Criminal Justice, which is one of the six associate degrees offered by NPRC.

Dave was born in Oil City, Pennsylvania and resided there until 2008 when he moved to the Pleasantville, Pennsylvania area. In 2002, Dave was admitted to the Mercyhurst College Police Academy. Upon graduation, he went on to begin his career in law enforcement at the Venango County Sheriff’s Office and then served as a public safety officer for Clarion University. While he was serving Clarion University, he completed his associate degree in criminal justice and his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration. During that time, Dave also joined the Forest County Sheriff’s Office where he served as a Patrol Deputy and as Detective for the District Attorney’s Drug Task Force. He later completed his master’s degree in Criminal Justice Homeland Security and Counterterrorism at Southern New Hampshire University. Currently, Dave is a Police Officer with UPMC police and a part-time patrol officer with Sugarcreek Borough Police, where he is also under the guidance of the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Drug Task Force.

Dave has taught as an adjunct instructor for Clarion University, as well as NPRC. He shares, “I want to meld real-world criminal justice issues with textbook lessons. With my years in the field, professional memberships, and over 1500 hours of specialized training and education, I believe this is the perfect opportunity to engage students in this way and create a stronger justice system.”

Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, Mindy Saunders, looks forward to Dave’s contributions with the college. She expresses, “We are proud to welcome Dave to NPRC’s family and excited for the leadership he brings to the Criminal Justice program.”

Dave assumed his NPRC full-time teaching load during the Spring 2022 term. He teaches and maintains office hours at NPRC’s instructional location at Pitt-Titusville’s Education and Training Hub.