Former Justice Official Karol Mason Picked to Lead John Jay College

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Karol V. Mason

Karol V. Mason, who served as U.S. assistant attorney general in the administration of President Barack Obama, will be the next president of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the Board of Trustees of the City University of New York (CUNY) has announced.

Mason, who headed the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, was picked after a nationwide search to replace departing college president Jeremy Travis.

“Karol Mason has established herself as a bold, visionary leader in the fields of law and criminal justice reform,” said CUNY Chancellor James B. Milliken.

“And she will be ideal for continuing the history of excellence and inspiration at John Jay College”.

Mason, who will take over the job on August 1, will be the first woman and the first minority to serve as president of John Jay, one of the newest senior colleges in the CUNY system. Launched in the 1960s to to provide a liberal arts education for New York’s police officers, the college has expanded into one of the world’s leading academic and research institutions in criminal justice.

More than 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students, from more than 135 nations, currently attend the school, whose motto is “Educating for Justice.”

Departing president Travis, who will be taking a research position at the CUNY Graduate Center, praised his successor as a “thought leader” in the field of criminal justice.

“Karol has touched virtually every national network of practitioners, policy makers and reform advocates,” Travis said in a statement.

Editor’s Note: John Jay is a sponsoring institution for The Crime Report.

For the full announcement, please read here.

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