In the email, Zeigler wrote, “Dr. Paulsen will provide stable, capable, and thoughtful leadership to the College of Justice, Safety, and Military Science and is well-prepared to ensure excellence in its academic programs, care for students, and support of faculty and staff.”
Paulsen has worked for the university since 2002, and has served as interim dean since 2020. Before serving as interim, Paulsen served as the associate dean of the college. Since 2012, Paulsen has served as a professor of criminal justice at EKU.
Paulsen received his bachelor’s degree in history from Florida State University in 1993 and his master’s degree from EKU in 1996. He received his doctorate from Sam Houston State University in 2000.
Paulsen served as the Commissioner of Planning, Preservation and Development for the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government from 2012 – 2019.
In an email to faculty, provost Sara Zeigler announced the decision and congratulated Paulsen on his new position.
The announcement comes as EKU looks to fill three other dean positions in the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences; the College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics; and the College of Education and Applied Human Sciences.