Dr. Nancy Rodriguez, a Distinguished Alumna from Sam Houston State University’s College of Criminal Justice, was appointed by President Barack Obama as the new Director of the National Institute of Justice (NIJ).
Dr. Rodriguez is a professor at the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University who specializes in the study of sentencing policies, juvenile court processes, and substance abuse. She received a bachelor’s degree from Sam Houston State University in 1992 and was named the College’s Outstanding Alumna in 2009.
Dr. Rodriguez spoke at a White House conference on children of incarcerated parents. Photo courtesy of Arizona State University.“It is with tremendous pride and great pleasure that I inform you that our 2009 COCJ Outstanding Alumnus, Dr. Nancy Rodriguez, has been appointed by President Obama to head the National Institute of Justice,” said Dr. Phillip Lyons, Interim Dean of the College of Criminal Justice. “I am sure you will join me in congratulating her on this remarkable accomplishment.”
Dr. Rodriguez will lead the prestigious federal agency that serves as the research, development and evaluation arm of the U.S. Department of Justice. Its mission is to improve knowledge and understanding of crime and justice issues, and has funded several major projects at the College, including a study of untested sexual assault kits at the Houston Police Department; tests for bath salts in toxicological samples; a study of the National Integrated Ballistics Information Network and its use in criminal investigations; a study to create a quantitative standard for human decomposition at the Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science Facility and an analytical tool to trace the geographical origins of marijuana. . . . Read more . . .