WATERBURY, Conn. (July 13, 2009) – Following a nationwide search, Post University is proud to announce that it has hired Dr. William H. McDonald as its new Vice President for Academic Affairs.

McDonald comes to Post University from Monroe College-St. Lucia, West Indies where he was the academic dean and co-founder of this international branch of New York-based Monroe College.   He was the founder and first Dean of Monroe College’s School of Criminal Justice in New York City, and has held academic affiliations with a number of American and British institutions, including the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Excelsior College, the State University of New York, Allegany College, University of Dundee, and University of Delaware.  McDonald also is a former police officer, a graduate of the FBI National Academy, and a research consultant for the United States National Institute of Justice.

“Bill’s broad experience in the world of academia along with his work in the public and private sectors will help Post University build on its reputation for providing a student-focused, career-driven higher education experience,” said Dr. Kenneth Zirkle, president of Post University.  “I am confident that he is the right person at the right time to fill this most important post at the university.”

McDonald will oversee all aspects of the Post University Office of Academic Affairs, including the curriculum for the university’s current Associate’s, Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs, and the creation of new degree programs. McDonald replaces Acting VPAA Frank Mulgrew, who will continue to serve as the president of Post University Online. 

“Post University has demonstrated a deep commitment to preparing students for today’s and tomorrow’s competitive global job market,” said McDonald.  “I look forward to getting to know the students, faculty and staff as we work together to take the university to new academic heights.”

McDonald holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from American University, a Master of Science Degree in Public Safety Administration from Central Connecticut State University, a graduate diploma in Criminal Justice Education from the University of Virginia, and both a Master of Philosophy and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Criminal Justice from the City University of New York, where he was a Neiderhoffer Fellow. He is the author of numerous works on comparative criminal justice issues and modernization of police services in developing countries.   He has worked with criminal justice agencies and academic institutions in Europe, Africa, Central America, and the Caribbean.  He now lives in Washington, Conn., with his wife, Alitz.  They have two grown children.

Founded in 1890, Post University is a career-oriented university committed to providing students with the knowledge, personal skills and experience required to be leaders in their chosen fields.  Located in Waterbury, Conn., Post University provides a wide array of degree programs for on-campus and online students of all ages. It is known for its quality, career-driven academic programs, small classes, national award-winning student activities, and competitive NCAA Division II athletics. Its more than 2,000 full- and part-time students come from the United States and abroad, and are supported by faculty whose mission is to prepare students to compete and succeed in today’s global workplace.  To learn more about Post University, visit or call 800-345-2562