Gardner-Webb GOAL Adjunct Professor Becomes Highway Patrol Captain
Brian Regan’s Hard Work is True Success Story
BOILING SPRINGS, NC – Gardner-Webb GOAL (Greater Opportunities for Adult Learners) graduate and now Adjunct Professor – Brian Regan has been standing for law and order and working to protect citizens for years. So, it was no surprise when this highly educated and coveted officer for the North Carolina Highway Patrol was recently named a captain.
Regan is another one of those individual GOAL success stories that are like so many others. He has his hands in so many things that you wonder how he gets it all done in a 24-hour day. Earlier this year, Regan was named the Troop B Commander in Fayetteville, N.C., where he commands field operations for 11 counties in the southeastern part of the state. His responsibilities also include overseeing the communication center, radio repair, troop garage and body shop. Regan has 290 employees (sworn and civilian) under his command. Yet, he still finds time to teach criminal justice classes for GOAL, stay active in his community and church, and be a husband and father.
“I fully understand the difficulties of several demanding responsibilities while attending college,” said Regan. “I’m proud to say, I completed my formal education while balancing a full-time career and active family.”
Regan received an Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice Technology from Guilford Technical Community College, located in Jamestown, N.C., a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Gardner-Webb’s GOAL program, and a Master of Justice Administration through Methodist University of Fayetteville. He began his career in law enforcement with the Person County Sheriff’s Office in Jan. 1991. Since 1992, Regan has been employed with the N.C. Highway Patrol. He has been a certified general instructor since 1997 and specialized in physical fitness, defense tactics, and was a first responder instructor. He was promoted to a first sergeant in 2004, a lieutenant in 2008, and now a captain.
Regan proved that the GOAL program is a place where participants can plan a class schedule that fits around a demanding lifestyle in order to continue their education and pursue career advancement.
The GOAL program seeks to meet the unique needs of students working full-time jobs, while seeking advanced education. Students can continue their studies culminating in a baccalaureate degree. Majors include accounting, business administration, business management, computer information systems, healthcare management, nursing, and religious studies. This important mission of Gardner-Webb has been an ongoing effort for 34 years.