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Alumni Spotlight on Emily Chaney

In the Spotlight:  Alumna Emily Chaney

Deputy United States Marshal Emily Chaney, ’10 is a go getter. From the time she was in high school, her ambitious attitude allowed her to reach goals that would take most people a lifetime to achieve.  Kent State University at East Liverpool played an important role in her journey. 

Emily ChaneyChaney developed her career goals at Edison High School. As a senior, she enrolled in Kent State’s Post-Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO), to get an early start on the college degree she knew she would need for her future career in law enforcement. PSEO is one of three Kent State East Liverpool programs that allow high school students to take college courses for free. 

After graduating high school, Chaney continued to take courses at Kent State East Liverpool aiming for a degree in criminal justice. Chaney said she enjoyed attending Kent State East Liverpool because of the small classes and the teacher-to- student ratio. “The instructors had a much better opportunity to get to know each student and it was much easier to talk one-on-one with them if I had any problems or questions,” Chaney added.  Unlike larger universities where you can become just a number, students at Kent State East Liverpool benefit from 22:1 instructor-to-student ratio. Criminology and Justice Studies instructor, Paul Blevins, recalls Emily’s commitment to academic excellence by “always looking for additional information about federal law enforcement. I knew she would succeed and I am proud Kent State East Liverpool played a role in this.”

In 2007, Chaney continued her courses at the Kent Campus where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a minor in sociology. 

“As I was going through my college years, I began looking at federal law enforcement,” she said.  “I applied to many agencies and received an interview with the United States Marshals Service. Seeing as my father is a Deputy U.S. Marshal, the U.S. Marshals Service was my top choice.” Chaney was thrilled with this opportunity.  Her father, James Chaney, ’84 is also a deputy U.S. Marshal and Kent State graduate. “Kent State prepared me to follow in my father’s footsteps,” stated Chaney. 

Chaney was hired by the U.S. Marshals in April of 2010. She continued her education at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) academy located in Glynco, GA in August of that year.  “After I graduated, I was filled with pride,” Chaney said. “I was proud to be part of the oldest and most versatile federal law enforcement agency in our country, and I was proud of all the hard work and determination it took to accomplish my goal.”

Some of her daily activities include transporting prisoners from local jails to the federal courthouse where they will see a District Court or Magistrate Court Judge, processing new prisoners and updating their files and performing fugitive investigations on felony and misdemeanor warrants.  

During the two years Chaney has spent with U.S. Marshals she has received two Time-Off awards for having superior scores in fitness and one Time-Off award for a significant arrest she made during a court hearing. 

Chaney hopes to make a career as a U.S. Marshal and is looking forward to what the future holds. “My future goals center on finding my niche in the Marshals Service.”

Chaney is one of many diverse success stories at Kent State University. Students can complete more than 25 degrees locally including 12 bachelor’s degrees.

Enroll now for summer courses at either one of our two conveniently located campuses. For more information please call Kent State East Liverpool at 330-385-3805 or Kent State Salem at 330-332-0361.

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