Recent Alum Monica Moll (PhD 2016) Appointed Director of Public Safety at The Ohio State University
Monica Moll was named The Ohio State University’s Director of Public Safety in October of 2016. She is responsible for the direction of OSU’s Police Division, Communications & Security Technology, Emergency Management & Fire Prevention, Central Campus Security Services and Wexner Medical Center Security.
Director Moll completed her undergraduate degree in Social Work at The University of Akron. She has both a Master of Public Administration degree and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Kent State University. Commenting on her experiences in the department of Political Science,
While taking courses in the Ph.D. program, I was working as a police supervisor. I was often struck by how relevant the topics covered in the course work were to my job and the policy environment law enforcement agencies operate within. As I moved up through the ranks and became a police chief and public safety executive, I realized how well my studies had prepared me to develop a “big picture” focus when tackling problems related to crime and disorder. I had the opportunity to be mentored by excellent faculty who encouraged me to stick with the program and ultimately to choose a dissertation topic that was timely and related to my career. I am confident the knowledge gained in pursuing this degree enabled me to perform well in prior jobs and to secure my current position.