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Tiffin University’s Dr. Peter Piraino Appointed as Interim Dean of the School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences

Tiffin University is pleased to announce Dr. Peter Piraino as the Interim Dean of the School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences, effective January 1. 

“He has an excellent vision and plans to address the key priorities of the role and School during his interim deanship,” said Dr. Peter J. Holbrook, Provost and Chief Academic Officer, noting that the School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences has continued to excel in the areas of criminal justice, cyber security, forensics and social sciences. “Dr. Piraino brings to the position the ideal blend of scholar, practitioner, and leader to positively impact the forward movement of the School.”

Piraino is an associate professor who joined the school in 2012 and is currently serving as the Department Chair for online undergraduate and graduate criminal justice and social sciences programs. He teaches courses in criminal justice, justice administration and homeland security. He steps in for Dean David Selnick, who announced in October that he will be leaving the post at the end of the semester. When asked about this promotion, Dr. Piraino had this to say.

“I am thrilled, honored, and humbled to be appointed as Interim Dean, and look forward to leading our remarkable faculty in the School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences as we seek new opportunities that serve to enhance the success of our students.” Piraino said, “In addition, I look forward to working with our faculty, students, and community partners to ensure that our school continues to provide a quality education that is transformative in nature to our students.” 

Prior to joining the faculty at Tiffin, Piraino served for over two decades in the U.S. Secret Service in various supervisory protective and investigative assignments, and most recently as the Resident Agent in Charge of the Toledo Resident Office.  He earned his Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration with a specialization in Criminal Justice from Walden University.