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Flagler College announces new Public Administration Degree program leadership

May 21, 2018 3:45 PM
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Joel Bolante has been named director of Flagler College’s Public Administration Degree (PAD) program for the 2018-2019 academic year. PAD is a program designed for working professionals in the public sector with courses in public policy, budgeting and management, as well as human resources and grant writing.

Before coming to Flagler College full-time, Bolante served for more than 34 years in law enforcement. At the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, he ascended through the ranks from corrections officer, uniformed patrol, criminal investigator to various command staff positions. Bolante retired as the undersheriff in May 2015. He has taught as an adjunct in the college’s PAD program since its inception in 2003, and became a full-time instructor in January 2016.

“I look forward to this exciting opportunity and thank [President] Dr. Joyner and [Chancellor] Dr. Proctor for having the confidence in me to lead this successful program,” Bolante said. “I will be taking the helm of a smooth-sailing ship due to the dedication and the many years of hard work of Dr. Don Berglund. I also want to thank Dr. Joe Saviak for the many contributions he has made, to make the PAD program a success.”

Bolante is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville, and the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute in Tallahassee. He has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a master’s in Public Administration from Troy University. He is currently attending Northeastern University for his Doctorate in Law and Policy.

Berglund has served for many years as director of PAD. Berglund will continue to serve as an associate professor. Saviak will also continue to serve the PAD program in his current position as assistant director and associate professor.