Dr. Allen Ault
Dr. Allen Ault came to the College of Justice & Safety at Eastern Kentucky University after retiring as chief of the Special Projects Division of the National Institute of Corrections, U.S. Department of Justice. He brings more than 30 years of experience in the field to his position as dean.
“Dr. Ault brings to our campus tremendous experience and outstanding credentials,” said EKU President Joanne Glasser. “He was selected from among a distinguished group of candidates identified in an exhaustive national search, and he has the knowledge, experience and vision to lead our Program of Distinction to even greater levels of excellence and service.”
Dr. Ault also has served as commissioner of state Departments of Corrections in Georgia, Colorado and Mississippi, was a warden of a maximum-security prison, and for 11 years was president of a national criminal justice consulting firm.
In addition, Dr. Ault chaired the Criminal Justice Department at Georgia State University from 1979 to 1981 after teaching at the University of Colorado for two years. From 1995 to 1997, he was chief of the National Academy of Corrections in Boulder, Colo. After earning a bachelor’s degree in education from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta in 1961, Dr. Ault added a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling and a doctoral degree in counseling psychology from the University of Georgia. He has done post-doctoral work at Harvard University.
While with the National Institute of Corrections, Dr. Ault was responsible for the development and administration of several innovative programs, including a program targeted at helping children of prisoners. Other programs deal with inmate mental health and substance abuse, women offenders, offender re-entry and training in corrections for Native Americans.