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Bytner, Carper, Cronkhite, McCamey Retirement Reception May 2

April 17, 2012

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MACOMB, IL – A retirement reception for Western Illinois University School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration faculty members Donald Bytner, Gayle Tronvig Carper, Clyde Cronkhite and William McCamey will be held from 3-4:45 p.m. Wednesday, May 2 in Stipes Hall 501.

The four have a combined 109 years of service at Western Illinois University.

Bytner, who has taught LEJA's fire science classes at WIU for more than 30 years, earned his bachelor's (1972, LEJA) and master's (1987) degrees from Western. He has also taught in the Open Learning Fire Sciences program. His firefighter career advanced from volunteer to fire chief, and he holds more than 20 certifications from the Office of the State Fire Marshal of Illinois Division of Personnel Standards and Education. He is a member of the International Fire Chief's Association, Illinois Fire Chief's Association and the Illinois Society of Fire Service Instructors.

Carper started her teaching career at WIU in 1985. She earned her bachelor's degree in English education and master's degree in education from Western Illinois, followed by her Juris Doctor from DePaul University in 1983. She practiced law, with a concentration in criminal defense, until 2005 when she joined the LEJA faculty. Carper has served as the University Professionals of Illinois Union Grievance officer for the WIU faculty. She previously taught junior high English and was an education specialist for the Illinois Department of Education Gifted Program before going to law school.

Cronkhite came to Western's LEJA program in 1993. Previously, he served as deputy chief for the Los Angeles Police Department and as chief of police for the Santa Ana Police Department in California. He also served as vice president and chief of security for Columbia Finance in Beverly Hills (CA) and as director of the Center for Administration of Justice at the University of Southern California. He has authored or co-authored six books and more than 40 articles on public service and criminal justice issues. He earned his bachelor's degree in criminal justice administration from California State University at Los Angeles and his master's degree and doctorate in public administration from the University of Southern California.

McCamey joined WIU's faculty in 1982 after earning his bachelor's (1980) and master's (1982) degrees from Western. His academic focus includes criminal justice management, fire administration and policing. He also teaches fire administration courses through the National Fire Academy. While at WIU, he has assisted in the certification of 1,800 police officers as juvenile officers. He is the editor of the Journal of Security Administration, co-author of four law enforcement textbooks and has published numerous articles on fire science and criminal justice. McCamey earned his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa.

Cards and notes for Bytner, Carper, Cronkhite and McCamey may be sent to: Judy Thompson, School of LEJA, Western Illinois University, 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455-1390.

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