Criminal Justice Expert Joins Faculty

Posted June 11, 2013

Dr. Stuart Platt, inspector general of the Texas Department of Public Safety, will bring more than 30 years of professional experience in law and criminal justice to ACU when he joins the university's Department of Political Science in Fall 2013.

Platt has directed the 24-person DPS Inspector General’s Office since 2010, with responsibility for reviewing the conduct of DPS personnel across Texas. From 1996-2010, Platt served as U.S. magistrate judge in the Western District of Texas, Midland/Odessa and Pecos Divisions, and there after as DPS general counsel.

He served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Department of Justice from 1986-96 in the Eastern District of Texas and the Eastern District of Tennessee, and was Criminal Division chief for the Eastern District of Texas from 1990-94. During those years, Platt won several awards for his performance from the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, Customs Service, Internal Revenue Service, and United States Postal Service.

Platt was named Texas Prosecutor of the Year by the Texas Narcotics Officers Association in 1990. He also is a retired colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve and a licensed peace officer in Texas.

“It is rare for any university to gain someone with such real-world experience from the top level of law enforcement in Texas,” says Dr. Gregory Straughn, dean of ACU’s College of Arts and Sciences. “Dr. Platt could have decided to teach at any university in the nation, but he’s coming to ACU’s growing criminal justice program.”

Platt brings wide experience as an instructor of constitutional issues and police procedures. He taught in the DPS Training Academy from 2009-13, leading courses such as Search and Seizure, and Ethical Decision-Making in Professional Policing. He taught continuing education courses for the State Bar of Texas on search and seizure and federal practice 1996-09, and has served as a guest instructor at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va., and the Texas Tech University School of Law. He has been an adjunct instructor at Stephen F. Austin University, teaching criminal law and criminal procedure.

“His experience and education will supplement our classes in three areas – with our already outstanding pre-law program, to enhance our current criminal justice program, and to add to our international relations courses,” says Dr. Neal Coates, professor and chair of political science. “In addition to his rich experience and teaching abilities, the most important reason we have hired Judge Platt is because of his reputation for having unquestioned integrity. He is exactly the type of person we want teaching at a major Christian university.”

“I want to impress upon my students sound ethical rules for life and decision making,” says Platt. “My ultimate goal is to equip students to apply substantive concepts and principles in real-world settings in a way that prepares them for their lifelong faith-based learning journey. They can become leaders in criminal justice professions and public service with an instilled passion to view their profession missionally.”

Platt earned a B.A. in political science from Texas A&M University in 1974, a master's degree in health care administration from Trinity University in1977, a J.D. degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 1979, and a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College in 2008.


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