Practitioner-Based Faculty

One of the unique benefits of the MPA program at Randall is that our faculty are all practitioners, with vast experience in the fields of service about which they are teaching. Learn more about them below.

Dr. Paulette Jones

MPA Director

Experience in public administration with government and non-profit organizations, and news reporting including government reporting.  Published in the (national) Journal of Public Affairs Education and national presenter at NASPAA. Director of the Management & Ethics Conference at Randall.

EdD, Oklahoma State University

MA in Political Science, University of Central Oklahoma

BFA, University of Oklahoma

Fields of expertise: Research, Management and Media

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Dr. Bill Powers

Senior Advisor on Business Continuity & Emergency Preparedness, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Washington D.C.

Has served as Chief of Staff for the NPPD Office of Risk Management and Analysis managing day-to-day activities including personnel, resource, policy, and interagency strategy formulation. Provided key legislative input and guidance on public policy matters related to DHS implementation of a comprehensive National Security Strategy to secure the United States from terrorist attacks and response to natural disasters.

PhD and MPA, Bellevue University

Fields of expertise: Leadership and Security

Dr. James Wilson, JD

Dr. Wilson is former General Counsel handling all in-house legal matters and coordinating with Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office on outside concerns. He supervised the Private Security Division, licensing security guards, private investigators, bail enforcers, and related agencies. Dr. Wilson was responsible for interpretation and enforcement of administrative rules and for amendment of those rules as needed. He proposed and drafted bills affecting CLEET and the security industry, and prepared ‘legal updates’ for peace officers. He served as the lead legal instructor for CLEET’s Police Academy.

From 1998–2008, Dr. Wilson worked in the District Attorney’s Office for the 20th Judicial District - Ardmore as an Assistant District Attorney,  prosecutor, and legal adviser to County Officers. Prior to that, he worked in private practice for many years.

J.D. , University of Oklahoma School of Law, 1984

B.A. in History, University of Oklahoma, 1979

Dr. Jan Simmons

Dr. Jan Simmons has established the Infopoverty Institute (2004) at the University of Oklahoma, College of Continuing Education. She has co-founded and directed the Center for the Study of Small/Rural Schools (1991) and the National Conference Logistics Center (1996) (now ConferencePros) at the University of Oklahoma (OU). 

Simmons has negotiated and administered more than $23M in federal and state grants, is co-editor of three books, author of peer-reviewed publications and presentations, and serves as peer reviewer for several publications and for federal grants.

Ph.D. in Adult and Higher Education Administration

M.Ed., Adult and Higher Education Administration

B.S., Secondary Math Education

Dr. Ken Berchenbriter

Systems Analyst Programmer with Security Bank Card

Analysis of academic operations and management projects to improve overall efficiency and quality of the university processes. Previously with Mid-America Christian University - administration of undergraduate and graduate business programs of the College of Adult and Graduate Studies. Previously with CompSource Oklahoma - Administration of organizational project to migrate client reimbursement to client service environment. Awarded the Oklahoma Governor’s Commendation Award for Red Tape Reduction.

PhD, Northcentral University

MBA, Drake University

Fields of expertise: Management, budget, and finance

Dr. Ron Roddy

Dr. Roddy served as Vice President for Academic Affairs for Mid-America Christian University from1992 to 2010. He also worked as Chief Academic Officer for the University. Dr. Roddy guided accreditation process for various programs, provided support for new academic programs, and served on a resource team for accreditation requests from other higher education institutions. He has more than 40 years of experience as an administrator and professor.

Ed. D. in Higher Education Leadership, Oklahoma State University, 1997

M. Ed. in Education, Our Lady of the Lake University, 1975

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, University of Houston, 1968

Dr. Shirley Roddy

Dr. Shirley Roddy as served for 30 years in the area of education. She served as the liaison for the Oklahoma Student Loan Authority to the private and public colleges and universities of the State of Oklahoma for eight years, before leaving to establish the Adult Program at Mid-America Christian University.  She developed the program into the College of Adult and Graduate Studies and served as the Dean for 18 years, before taking the position of the University’s Dean of Academic Scholarship and Study Abroad. During her tenure as dean of the College of Adult and Graduate Studies she developed the program from one undergraduate program to 16 undergraduate and graduate programs.

Ph.D. in Adult and Higher Education Administration, University of Oklahoma

M.A. in Human Relations, University of Oklahoma

B.A. in Liberal Studies, University of Oklahoma

Dr. Timothy Eaton

President of Randall University

Affiliated with non-profit private college, Randall since 1989. President of Randall, 2004 to present; Postdoctoral studies at Harvard, 2009; Guest Lecturer at University of Oklahoma; Published: Path to the Professorate, 2009; The Reliability and Validity Study Report to the U.S. Department of Education, 2009, 2004 and 1999.   

Ph.D. and MEd, University of Oklahoma

Th.B., Randall University

Fields of expertise: Administration, Research and Quantitative Analysis

Professor Stan Florence

Special Agent in Charge, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation

Professor Florence has served with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation since 2003. He previously worked with the Grady County Sheriff’s office (1985–2003). He is also the former director of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (2010–2018). In addition, Professor Florence is an ordained minister in the Church of Christ.

Master of Science in Criminal Justice, East Central University, 2004

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Mid-America Christian University, 2001

Professor Todd Jenson

Assistant City Manager, City of Moore

Previously Director of Parks and Recreation with the City of Moore. 

MPA, University of Oklahoma

BA in Political Science, University of Oklahoma

Fields of expertise: Budget and Finance, and Economics

Professor Nate Kern

OG& E Bankruptcy Agent; Customer Reports Agent; Active Credit Agent  

MPA, University of Oklahoma

BA in Film and Video Studies with History Minor, University of Oklahoma

Courses: Introduction to Public Administration


In Their Own Words

"I love the flexibility of the program and that it's one-night-a-week. I can sit out for a class if I need to and get back in later. Also every single teacher is easy to contact. They really care about the students."

Donysha Bulock
Randall MPA Student
Single Mom
Full-time Employee, U.S.D.O.T.