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David W. Persky, Ph.D., J.D.

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    David W. Persky, Ph.D., J.D.


    Dr. Persky is a Professor of Criminal Justice and joined the Saint Leo University community in 1999 after serving as an Assistant County Attorney in Hillsborough County for several years.

    Dr. Persky earned his undergraduate degree at Southern Methodist University and came to Florida in 1973 after completing his Masters degree in Personnel Counseling at Miami University.

    He began his career in higher education at the University of South Florida as Assistant Director of Housing and Food Services. Dr. Persky earned his Ph.D. in Higher Education at Florida State University in 1979.

    Upon completion of the doctorate, he served as Interim Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost at USF and in 1980 he joined the Student Affairs staff at USF as Associate Dean for Student Affairs. In 1986 Dr. Persky left USF to attend Stetson University College of Law and earned his JD in 1988.

    He served as an admissions counselor for the law school. Additionally, he taught Business Law at Hillsborough Community College.


    • BA, Social Sciences - Southern Methodist University
    • MS, Personnel Counseling/Student Affairs - Miami University
    • PhD, Higher Education Administration - Florida State University
    • JD, Law - Stetson University College of Law

    Courses Taught

    • CRM 123 - Introduction to Law and the Legal System
    • CRM 220 - Survey of Criminal Justice Systems
    • CRM 300 - Terrorism in Israel
    • CRM 321 - Substantive Criminal Law
    • CRM 499 - Senior Seminar
    • CRJ 501 - Terrorism in Israel
    • SLU 101 - First Year Experience
    • GBA 231 - Business Law I
    • EDU 720 - Higher Education Law