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Levin Profile: Ken Trump (MPA ’91)

Meet Ken Trump (MPA ’91). Ken is the President of National School Safety and Security Services, a Cleveland-based private national consulting firm specializing in PreK-12 school security and emergency preparedness training, crisis and safety communications, litigation consulting and expert witness support, and related school safety and crisis consulting services. Ken also provides pro-bono school safety policy testimony and guidance to federal, state, local, and nonprofit agencies, along with expert analysis and commentary on school safety incidents for local and national media, on a voluntary basis.

Ken shared, “Levin's MPA program was in its infancy when I attended, yet even then it had caught the attention of academicians and public leaders both locally and nationally. The course content appealed to me because of its pragmatic courses. I wanted a graduate degree focusing on practical content that was applicable to real-life settings, and the MPA degree provided me with the confidence and competence to understand and effectively operate with public agencies both from within and as an outside consultant. I have enjoyed a successful three decades in this field and the MPA helped create that foundation.”

Ken is also currently nearing completion of the Doctor of Education (EdD) program at Johns Hopkins and he aspires to further explore teaching opportunities in higher education. “After more than three decades in the PreK-12 school safety field, I am still as passionate about school safety today as I was when I first started in the business. I am blessed to have started in this field while it was in its infancy and to be a part of the national effort to build it into its own profession,” he added. “My advice for current Levin graduate students is to take advantage of not only the content of your courses and knowledge of your professors, but also Levin's unique position and access to local, regional, and state public and nonprofit agencies where you can be engaged in the real-life application of what you are learning.”

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