Assistant Criminal Justice Professor Timothy Zeszutek Discusses Degree Completion

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. –Today’s Completion Week testimonial video features assistant criminal justice professor Timothy Zeszutek discussing his educational goals and the services available to students who are attempting to complete their degree.

“I believe that today it is easier to complete your degree than when I did many years ago. There are more opportunities. There’s more counseling programs available. There’s more tutoring programs available. Also, technology today provides you with greater resources than I had many years ago when I completed my degree.”

Timothy Zeszutek profile

Timothy Zeszutek, professor of criminal justice, joined the full-time faculty at SUNY Orange in the Fall of 2009 and having previously served as an adjunct instructor teaching criminalistics.

Prior to joining the College’s faculty ranks full-time, Zeszutek completed more than 20 years of service with the New York State Police. He rose through the ranks from trooper to investigator and was later promoted to the rank of sergeant.  He served the last 12 years assigned as a crime scene investigator with a forensic investigations unit.

He holds many certifications from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice and the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services.  He has provided expert witness testimony in both criminal and civil cases and also possesses extensive knowledge and certifications in investigations involving terrorism, weapons of mass destruction and clandestine drug laboratories.

In addition, he has instructed various courses to local police and has instructed at both the Orange County and New York State police academies. Following his service in the U.S. Marine Corps., Zeszutek obtained his associate’s degree in social science from SUNY Orange, a B.S. Degree in Criminal Justice from Mercy College and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Marist College.

More About Completion Week

Under the slogan of “Commit. Complete. Compete.” the 37 State University of New York (SUNY) and City University of New York (CUNY) community colleges have set aside this week (Sept. 30 to Oct. 4) to send a simple message: students who complete an associate’s degree have better prospects for jobs, scholarships and transfer to four-year schools.

SUNY Orange encourages students to pledge to finish their degree.  Students can complete an online pledge.

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Mike Albright
Communications Officer
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940