Mitch Javidi, Ph.D, Founder & Chancellor

Mitch is an envisioneer with over 30 years of practical and hands-on experience in diverse industries including Academia, Military, Law Enforcement, Government, and Technology.  As a globally recognized leader, he is the founder of the National Command & Staff College, the International Academy of Public Safety, the Institute for Credible Leadership development, the Criminal Justice Commission for Credible Leadership Development and the MAGNUS Officers Leadership. 

He has trained at the Joint Special Operations Command “JSOC” and the US Army Special Operations Command “USASOC.” He was awarded the honorary member of the United States Army Special Operations Command in 1999 and honorary Sheriff by the National Sheriffs’ Association in 2016.  He served as a tenured Associate Professor at NC State University for 16 years before taking an early retirement but continues to serve as an Adjunct professor without pay (by choice) at both NC State and Illinois State Universities. He is a member of the “Academy of Outstanding Teachers and Scholars” at NC State University and the Distinguished 2004 Alumni of the University of Oklahoma. 

Mitch is a published scholar with over 890 conference presentations worldwide.  His most recent books are entitled “Deliberate Leadership: Achieving Success Through Personal Styles,” “Handbook of Research on Effective Communication, Leadership, and Conflict Resolution, and “Moral Compass for the Law Enforcement Professionals” have sold over 10,000 copies. His new coauthored article entitled “Human Factors: Police Leaders Improving Safety While Developing Meaningful Public Trust” coauthored with Dr. Anthony Normore and Lt. Darius Bone was recently published by the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin. Mitch was the recipient of prestigious “Person of the Year” award by the National Society of Accountants ~ Senator William Victor “Bill” Roth, Jr. “Roth IRA” received the award in the following year.

Anthony H. Normore, Ph.D, President

Anthony H. Normore, Ph.D is professor of educational leadership, and department chair of Graduate Education at California State University Dominguez Hills in the Los Angeles area. Dr. Normore’s research focusses on urban leadership development in the context of ethics and social justice. He is the author of 20+ books including, Leading against the grain: Lessons from visionaries for creating just and equitable schools (2018, Teachers College Press); Foundations of educational leadership: The key to developing excellent and equitable schools (2017, Routledge);The dark side of leadership: Identifying and overcoming unethical practice in organizations (2016 Emerald);  Handbook of research on communication, leadership, and conflict resolution (2016, IGI Global publishers). He has published 150+ book chapters, reviews, and peer-reviewed articles in numerous professional leadership journals, and 300+ professional conference presentations. Dr. Normore is the AERA 2013 recipient of the Bridge People Award for Leadership for Social Justice Special Interest Group at the American Educational Research Association for his partnership work in law enforcement, corrections, and education including his leadership work with incarcerated men at Men’s Central Jail at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Organization. He is also the chair of the criminal justice commission, and co-creator of the Credible Leadership Development program  with the International Academy of Public Safety. The program was piloted with Los Angeles Police Department. Dr. Normore is the 2015 recipient of the Don Willower Excellence in Research Award at Penn State University for his work on leadership, social justice, and ethics in education.

His research appears in numerous academic journals including: Journal of School Leadership, Journal of Educational Administration, Values and Ethics in Educational Administration, Journal of Authentic Leadership in Education, International Journal of Leadership in Education: Theory and Policy, Educational Administration Quarterly, Leadership and Organizational Development Journal, International Journal of Educational Management, Canadian Journal of Education Administration and Policy, International Journal of Urban Educational Leadership, Educational Policy, and Journal of Research on Leadership Education. Dr. Normore’s police articles are published in law enforcement venues including, FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, Police Chief, California Peace Officers Association, Peace Officers Research Association of California, California Law Enforcement Journal, Law Enforcement Today, and Policing: International Journal of Theory and Practice.

Chief Bill Cooper, Northwest University ~ Provost

Bill Cooper is a retired Chief of Police, who also brings senior management experience from the private sector.  Bill is recognized as a management expert in leadership and high performance organizations, and the depth and breadth of his background has been described as being in the top 5% of the most diverse and comprehensive qualifications relevant to management.  Bill is the creator of the highly successful Cooper Management Model and the Cooper Management Institute; he brings training, coaching, and mentoring in leadership development, organizational development, budget development, and the hugely successful Lean Six Sigma methodology.  Using his model, Bill successfully changed public and private sector organizations, resulting in large-scale political, financial, and cultural benefits.

Bill has been featured on radio and his model has been the subject of several graduate theses.  He created the Cooper Management Model and has been featured on radio and television, and the Cooper Model has been the subject of several graduate school theses.

Bill holds an MBA and a second Master’s Degree in Public Administration, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and Washington State Law Enforcement Executive Command College.  He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt. And recently launched his online Green Belt certification program.  He is an Assistant Professor of Public Safety Administration, a degree he wrote to deliver an education based on proven business skills.  He is also the creator of an MBA in Public Safety Administration.  He is the author of several books and published articles.  Bill was recently added to the Command College as its Provost.  Bill provides training seminars, lectures, coaching and mentoring, and keynote speaking.

Carrie Hill, National Sheriffs Association ~ Director of Corrections Studies

Carrie Hill is an attorney and national criminal justice consultant.  She has dedicated her twenty-nine year career to providing professional development seminars in correctional law, along with criminal justice consulting, to educate and empower those working in the correctional industry.

Ms. Hill’s passion for and expertise of corrections law is known nationally.  She makes the law come alive and applicable regardless of rank – from report writing techniques and legal-based policy development to risk assessment and offensive approaches in the event of prisoner litigation.  

Ms. Hill’s contributions to corrections go beyond professional development to consulting for and defense of correctional facilities, management and staff.  She is also the former General Counsel to the Utah Department of Corrections, Editor of Corrections Managers’ Report and most recently, the Senior Administrative Manager to Sheriff Richard Stanek in Hennepin County, MN.  Carrie has recently accepted a new role with the NSA as the Director of the National Center for Jail Operations (NCJO).

Christopher Hoina, FBI NA # 222 ~ Director of Criminal Justice Studies

Christopher Hoina, Sr. (ret. Cary PD) is an alumnus of the FBI National Academy, he received his Master’s degree from NC State University and his Bachelor’s at Shaw University.


He is the co-founder of the Institute for Credible Leadership Development and serves on the executive board for the International Academy of Public Safety.  Chris is also the co-founder of the North Carolina Public Safety Leadership Academy at Wake Tech.  Chris has served as Faculty and Director of Criminal Justice studies at Campbell University in Research Triangle Park. 


He has 25 years of law enforcement experience; from patrol officer to team commander.  During his tenure as a police officer he served as supervisor within the following commands: Training, Patrol Operations, Criminal Investigations, Juvenile Investigations, School Resource Officers, Crisis Negotiation, Community Services, Crime Prevention, D.A.R.E., and Crisis Intervention.

Chris has an extensive teaching record in both classroom and on-line.  He has taught at the Justice Academy, Community College, and University level.  He has taught a variety of topics to include Hazardous Materials, Bias Based Profiling, Hate Crimes, Crisis Intervention, Juvenile Minority Sensitivity, Juvenile Investigations, Crisis Negotiations, Crime Scene Investigations, Crime Prevention, School Resource Officer and Implicit Bias.  For the past several years his focus has been on leadership development and self-improvement for criminal justice professionals. 

Chris is the co-author of the book the Moral Compass for Law Enforcement Professionals, and the essay titled Virtues of Magnanimous Officers. 

Ret. Lt. Col. Wellington R. Scott, Director of Admission & Records 

Lt. Col. Scott is a graduate of North Carolina State University’s Administrative Officer’s Management Program, and an honorary member of Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society.
He was a member of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol for 28 years and retired as the Deputy Commander in 2013. He directed the North Carolina State Highway Patrol’s First Line Supervisors School where he developed curriculum and provided instruction for newly promoted First Line Supervisors. Lieutenant Colonel Scott served as a Troop Commander, Unit Commander in Charge of Promotion and Performance Management, Director of Support Services, Director of Professional Standards, Director of Field Operations, and Deputy Commander of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

He received Specialized Instructor Certifications in Defensive Tactics, Fitness Specialist and Biomechanics, Verbal Judo, and Performance Management Instructor Training from Developmental Dimensions International. He is a contract instructor for the University of Tennessee Law Enforcement Innovation Center and the Central Piedmont Community College – Public Safety Leadership Institute.

He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Association of Field Training Officers, and is an Honorary member of Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society. Lieutenant Colonel Scott now serves as the Chief Operating Officer for the International Academy of Public Safety and is a co-author of the book, Moral Compass for Law Enforcement Professionals.

Alexander Javidi, Director of Homeland Training & Standards

Alexander joined the National Command & Staff College (NC&SC) as an intern 6 years ago and worked his way up to his current position working closely with the board commissioners to set standards, and develop and
implement training to ensure that minimum standards are maintained.   He is responsible for identifying appropriate training providers (including interviews, briefing, appointment letters) and initiating training.  He worked closely with the National tactical Officers Association to complete curriculum and help launch the NTOA Command College.   He was also  instrumental in build up and the launch of the California Tactical Officers Association’s on-line academy.  Alexander lead the team to complete a comprehensive college credit at the Columbia Southern University. He is a 4-Star certified Credible Leader awarded by the Criminal Justice Commission for Credible Leadership development (CJC-CLD).  

Alexander is a co-author of the “MAGNUS – Describing the Magnanimous Officer”  article published in 2016 by the International Academy of Public Safety.  He is finishing his BS degree in Homeland Security at the American Military University, 2017.