Dr. Paul R. Rickert is the Area Extension Director for Cecil, Kent, Caroline, and Queen Anne's Counties. He joined Extension from Bryan College (TN) where he was Dean of Adult and Graduate Studies & Associate Professor of Criminal Justice. He was previously an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Program Director, Director of Distance Learning Programs, and Assessment Coordinator at LeTourneau University (Texas) and Liberty University (Virginia).
He was a police officer and deputy sheriff (full-time (1996-2004) and reserve (2004-2016)) and attended police academies in three states (VA, TX, and TN) and numerous trainings. He enjoys studying human trafficking, military operations other than war (MOOTW), peace studies, economics, governance, sociology, theology, and policy. Paul, originally from upstate-N.Y., is an avid traveler, having lived in Denmark and Hungary, and traveled to more than 30 countries worldwide, and led 7 trips abroad with students. He is an Army veteran (1994-2000) having served in the VA ARNG 29th ID(L), 2/116th Infantry as a Scout Platoon radio operator, in Headquarters Company (TOC), and in a Line Platoon (as Fire Team Leader). He has been married to Michelle (a Cecil County, MD native) since 1996 and they have 3 children.