Reinhardt Advantage MBA graduate Justin Wilson began his career in law enforcement with the U.S. Army Military Police in 1991 and is currently a Reserve Special Agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. This military experience led to positions with Georgia State University police and eventually to employment with Alpharetta Public Safety in 1997. He is now the Homeland Security coordinator, Criminal Intelligence Unit Commander, Records Division Commander and Emergency Manager for the City of Alpharetta.
After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Reinhardt in 2007, Wilson decided to pursue graduate studies at the University. While many of his colleagues in the public safety arena have chosen a master of public administration, Wilson chose the master of business administration:
“I believed that in order to truly grow I needed to step out of my comfort zone and learn more about the business environment. The Reinhardt Advantage MBA has provided me with the opportunity to broaden my knowledge of the business environment and to learn valuable real world lessons from my classmates who have all succeeded in their corporate lives,” Wilson said.
While earning his undergraduate degree from Reinhardt, Wilson came to appreciate the smaller class size and the interaction with his professors and peers. “Reinhardt has carried that same model forward into the Reinhardt Advantage MBA which has allowed the cohort to not only to learn the class material, but to glean valuable insight from the professors who have all been successful in the business world,” he said.
After graduation, Wilson plans to continue his law enforcement career at either the municipal or federal level. On either level, he hopes to move into senior management and to use his knowledge and skills to make the agency more efficient and effective. After retiring from law enforcement, he would like to start a consulting company in the areas of continuity of operations planning, physical security, and disaster preparedness and recovery.