Meet the UCCS College of Public Service Dean Finalists

The College of Public Service (CPS) will be hosting three finalists for the dean position on campus between Feb. 26 and March 8. All faculty, staff, students and interested members of the community are welcome and encouraged to attend each of the finalist’s campus presentations and ask questions about their qualifications to lead the college.

See the full search committee listing below.

The campus presentations will be open to all campus constituents.

Meet the Candidates

Amy Bonomi
Monday, February 26 & Tuesday, February 27

Dr. Amy Bonomi

Amy Bonomi, PhD, MPH is professor and associate dean of strategic initiatives in the College of Health and Human Services at Northern Arizona University, founder of Social Justice Associates, and consultant for the U.S. Department of Justice.  Bonomi’s career as an award-winning professor at the Ohio State University and Michigan State University includes widely cited research on domestic violence, recantation, and long-term health impacts.  As a result of her work in recantation and broader domestic violence topics, Bonomi received the Distinguished Scholar Award at the Ohio State University and was named Diversity Champion at Michigan State University.  At Northern Arizona University, in collaboration with campus partners, Bonomi is facilitating a state-wide visioning with twenty health plans to build and fund a program that supports a pathway for students wishing to obtain a Community Health Worker (CHW) certification.  This initiative is the first-of-its-kind in the United States and will enable students to leave the university with certification that achieves NAU’s Career Readiness goals and prepares them to meet Arizona’s workforce shortages – especially in rural, underserved, and sovereign tribal nations. 

As a department chair at Michigan State University, Bonomi led a community of diverse stakeholders in redesigning its scholarship plan and building infrastructure, which resulted in an expansion of its community-based research in Flint, Detroit, and Indigenous communities in northern Michigan and a 648% increase in federal grant dollars.  As founding director of the Women’s Leadership Institute at Michigan State University, Bonomi generated more than $3 million in philanthropic gifts, including an endowed faculty fellowship.  Bonomi grew the Women’s Leadership Institute from a solely student-centered entity to one of the university’s premier engagements for faculty, staff, students, and alumni.  Bonomi is appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services as co-chair of the Board of Scientific Counselors at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and is an elected peer reviewer for the CDC and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Curriculum Vitae

Evaluation Form due noon on March 12


William Wells
Wednesday, February 28 & Thursday, February 29

Dr. William Wells

Dr. William Wells is Director of the Center for Intelligence and Crime Analysis in the College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University (SHSU). He is a Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology and is Research Director for the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas, also at SHSU. Dr. Wells is a collaborative leader who values and relies on inclusive processes and practices to accomplish goals. He brings this approach to administrative positions and to research projects.

Dr. Wells served as Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at SHSU from August 2016 to December 2022, leading one of the largest criminal justice programs in the United States. A productive and diverse group of over 30 full-time faculty members and over 40 adjunct instructors serves over 3,100 criminal justice students; the department confers approximately 900 degrees each year. He worked closely with administrators on campus to enhance multiple aspects of the department’s infrastructure, including the addition of seven new full-time faculty positions and the establishment of multiple administrative positions in the department. Dr. Wells was part of a team that created a new Department of Victim Studies at SHSU in 2019. Since establishing the Center for Intelligence and Crime Analysis in January 2023, Dr. Wells has led efforts to deliver 12 professional development courses to more than 100 working analysts, establish a multidisciplinary undergraduate minor and a certificate in Crime Analysis and Mapping, and facilitate the creation of crime analysis internship positions for students.

Dr. Wells values research that advances policy, practice, and contributes to scholarly discussions. He has built effective research partnerships with many criminal justice system organizations across his career and has participated in externally-funded projects of more than $3 million. His papers have appeared in the leading criminal justice and criminology journals. As a reflection of his accomplishments, Dr. Wells received the SHSU award for Excellence in Scholarly and Creative Accomplishments in 2021, the SHSU Inclusive Excellence Award in 2023, and the College of Criminal Justice Excellence in Community Engagement Award in 2023. Dr. Wells earned his Ph.D. in 1999 from the University of Nebraska Omaha and, prior to joining the faculty at SHSU in 2007, served as a faculty member at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale from 1999 to 2007.

Curriculum Vitae

Evaluation Form due noon on March 12


James Ramsay
Thursday, March 7 & Friday, March 8

Dr. James Ramsay

James Ramsay is a professor of security studies, and Head of the Department of Security Studies and Criminology at Macquarie University in Sydney Australia. Prior to joining Macquarie, he was the founding coordinator of the Homeland Security program, and the founding Chair of the Department of Security Studies at the University of New Hampshire. Prior to joining UNH, in 2006 he established one of the nation’s first degrees in Homeland Security as well as the Department of Security Studies and International Affairs at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He has over 20 years’ experience in public health, security studies/intelligence, emergency management, occupational safety, and environmental health education.

He has established two academic departments and multiple degree programs that focus on issues of global significance and public service such as homeland security, global conflict studies, cybersecurity policy and risk management, intelligence analysis, human security and resilience.

Dr. Ramsay also established one of the first Homeland Security programs in the US as well as 2 Federal Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE): an NSA CAE in cybersecurity defense education
and an ODNI CAE in intelligence education. Dr. Ramsay serves on the International Association For Intelligence Education board as the education practices chair, and is the editor-in-chief for the Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. He also serves on the editorial boards for Homeland Security Affairs Journal, the Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, and is the associate editor for the Journal of Security, Intelligence and Resilience Education, a journal he co-founded.

Dr. Ramsay’s current area of research interests include climate security and national security strategic planning, and wicked problems in intelligence, including the emergence of public health intelligence. He is currently leading an international study of intelligence academic degree program structures and outcomes among intelligence sharing nations, and is writing his 5th book, entitled “Critical Issues in Homeland Security” 2nd, ed. to be published by Routledge. He currently teaches courses in strategic planning and decision making, climate security, and human security and resilience.

Curriculum Vitae

Evaluation Form due noon on March 12


The committee members are:

  • Tommy Aicher, Dean of the College of Business
  • Jon Caudill, Professor, Criminal Justice
  • Laurel Bidwell, Associate Professor, Social Work
  • Edin Mujkic, Associate Professor, Public Administration
  • Anna Kosloski, Associate Professor, Criminal Justice
  • Michael Landon-Murray, Associate Professor, Public Administration
  • Pam Sawyer, Director of Strategic Initiatives & Alumni Relations
  • Cindy Joos, Executive Assistant to the Dean of CPS
  • Greg Abukar-Duru, Student Representative
  • Steve Parker, College of Public Service Community Advisory Board
  • Mikey Sanchez, Human Resources Professional, CPS (Diversity Champion)
  • Monica Furey, Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Malikah Marrus, Clinical Assistant Professor