John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Jeremy Travis
Jules Kroll
14,645 students (87 percent undergraduate/ 13 percent graduate)

An international leader in educating for justice, John Jay offers a rich liberal arts and professional studies curriculum to an ethnically diverse student body in a vibrant urban setting. In teaching and research, the college defines justice both narrowly, with an eye to the needs of criminal justice and public service agencies, and broadly and humanistically, in terms of fairness, equality and the rule of law.

The strength, reputation and vitality of the college are embodied in the commitment to academic excellence maintained by its faculty members, many of whom are recognized experts. They conduct critical research in areas such as DNA analysis, drug-abuse trends, sexual abuse, criminal law, police methods and crime-reduction strategy. Upon graduation, the majority of the students enter public-service careers, with some becoming members of uniformed criminal justice and fire agencies. Many John Jay alumni have leadership roles in public and private organizations around the world.

Philanthropic Support FY00-FY09 — $19,261,119
Projected Philanthropy Target through FY2015 — $35,000,000

Philanthropic support totaled over $19 million for scholarships and a variety of programmatic initiatives and research.

Gift Highlights

  • The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation gave $1.8 million to support research on the Intergenerational Transmission of Neglect and Abuse.
  • Jack and Susan Rudin and the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation contributed $500,000 each to establish the Lewis and Jack Rudin Criminal Justice Partnerships at the Research and Evaluation Center.
  • The Lisabeth Foundation (formerly the Seldon Foundation) gave $1 million, and the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation gave $500,000 through The New York Times 9/11 Neediest Fund to assist families of law enforcement and other uniformed personnel killed on 9/11.
  • The Stavros Niarchos Foundation gave $768,000 to support the Center for International Human Rights.
  • The Open Society Institute gave $500,000 to support the Center on Media, Crime, and Justice.
  • The JEHT Foundation (Justice, Equality, Human dignity and Tolerance) contributed $250,000 to the Arson Screening Project.
  • AIG donated $150,000 for academic scholarships.
  • The Samuel and Anna Jacobs Foundation donated $100,000 to the Pre-Law Institute.
  • The Charina Endowment Fund gave $75,000 in support of the Vera Fellowship.
  • Prof. Cheryl Williams, who had taught psychology at the college, bequeathed $50,000 to support students.

Look Who's Investing in John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Christian Regenhard Center for Emergency Response Studies

Named for probationary firefighter Christian Regenhard, who was killed at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, the center is a research repository and information clearinghouse for the study of emergency responses to disasters such as the attacks on the World Trade Center and Hurricane Katrina as well as future threats such as a major earthquake on the West Coast. “For the Regenhard family, this Center will carry on Christian’s legacy,” said Sally Regenhard, his mother. “In addition to being a firefighter and a former U.S. Marine, he was an artist and a writer with intellectual interests. Through the work of its dedicated faculty, this center will honor all first responders who lost their lives as a result of 9/11 and can help to ensure the safety of all responders in the future.” A generous donation from the Regenhard family helped to establish the Center.

Imette St. Guillen Scholars

“Imette’s example and memory will sustain the passion of others dedicated to turning an ‘ideal’ society, built upon the foundation of justice and humanity, into a reality. I hope to be a small part of this legacy.”

— Johanna King Vespe, the first recipient of the scholarship

The Imette St. Guillen scholarship, created to honor the memory of Imette St. Guillen, a John Jay student murdered in February 2006, provides full-tuition, a book allowance and a stipend for a graduate student. Major gifts from crime writer Patricia Cornwell ($100,000), Jules Kroll ($50,000), former chairman of Kroll Associates Inc., the Rudin Family, Association for a Better New York, Bear Stearns, CUNY, New York Daily News and the New York State assembly as well as contributions from John Jay students, St. Guillen’s family and friends, and generous New Yorkers made this $250,000 endowed scholarship possible.