Ed Sheldon is one of the most experienced criminal justice professionals currently serving in Ohio, having worked at six different correctional institutions in Ohio since 1989, when he joined the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections. He has been Warden of the Toledo Correctional Institution, a maximum security prison, since 2011. Sheldon also holds the distinction of being one of the first graduates from the Tiffin University Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ) Program, earning his degree in 2000.
When he was looking for a graduate degree, Tiffin University was the perfect fit. “All the professors had previous criminal justice experience in the field, which impressed me the most about the program,” Warden Sheldon says. “Likewise, many of my fellow classmates were also criminal justice professionals, climbing the ranks of their organizations. I am still in touch with some of them. We bonded on those long Saturdays.”
He adds: “The well-rounded criminal justice education has been useful as I interact with branches of law enforcement outside of corrections, to include interaction with the public and media.”
Sheldon began his public service in 1980 when he joined the U.S. Army. He served as a Tank Commander on the East German border during the Cold War and finished his military career in 1993 as a First Lieutenant of Calvary in the Army National Guard after Operation Desert Storm.
His first job with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections was as a Corrections Officer at Grafton Correctional Institution, where he was chosen as “Officer of the Year” in 1992. He quickly moved up the ranks to Case Manager, Labor Relations Officer, Correctional Warden Assistant, Deputy Warden of Operations, and Warden. He has had experience with every level of inmate, from minimum security to maximum security, including death row.
Throughout his distinguished career, Warden Sheldon has also been an advocate for continuing education, and he says he recommends the TU Criminal Justice Program to others in his field. “I have explained to those wishing to advance in the criminal justice career field that Tiffin University, through its many degree programs and flexible scheduling, takes away the excuse not to get a graduate degree,” he remarks.
Warden Sheldon is active in such associations as the American Correctional Association, the National Association of Wardens and Superintendents, the Ohio Warden’s Association, the Reserve Officer’s Association, and the U.S. Armor Association. Prior to earning his MCJ from Tiffin University, he received a bachelor’s degree in History from Cleveland State University.