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Criminal Justice Faculty

Sherry O. Herman, M.C.J., C.C.I.A. - Department Chair

Sherry Herman leads the criminal justice technologies and latent evidence concentration. Her professional training in crime analysis applications, criminal intelligence analysis, criminal investigation analysis, gang awareness, and crime scene investigations have prepared her to teach all aspects of the criminal justice system. Formerly a Certified Criminal and Intelligence Analyst for Hickory Police Department, in Hickory, North Carolina, Herman has developed courses and techniques that aide criminal justice professionals in their daily activity with better proficiency. Her approach to hands-on-training in the classroom promotes team work along with a better understanding of legal definitions as they apply in a courtroom situation. From 1999 to 2004, Herman worked with the District Attorney's Office in the 25th Judicial District in Burke County, North Carolina. During her term, she held various professional memberships that assisted the court system to prosecute cases and assist the community, including:

  • Sexual Assault Response Team   (S.A.R.T.)
  • Domestic Violence Task Force   (D.V.T.F.)
  • Burke County Juvenile Crime Prevention Committee  (BC-JCPC)                             

She earned a Master of Criminal Justice degree from Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts. She earned a bachelor of science (Criminal Justice) from Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina, where she graduated magna cum laude, and she earned an associate degree (Criminal jJstice) from Western Piedmont Community College in Morganton, North Carolina, where she received Phi Theta Kappa status for academic excellence. Along with her professional and educational credentials, she holds academic memberships with the International Honor Society-Phi Theta Kappa (Alpha Gamma Mu), National Dean's List, and National Honor Society. She is a member of the North Carolina Criminal Justice Association. Contact Sherry Herman at 828-327-7000 Ext 4050 or    




Clyde Deal Retired Deputy Chief of Police Clyde Deal joined the Hickory Police Department in February of 1985 as a police officer.  As a Sergeant, he assisted in the implementation of the pilot project that introduced community based policing to the city.  In October 1989, he became the first Sergeant of the original PACT (Police And Community Together) which formed the basis for city wide community based policing, an initiative that began in 1994.  Upon promotion to Lieutenant in August 1996, he served as Commander of Baker PACT and then as Commander of David PACT.  In August 2000, Deal was promoted to Captain and served as the Commander of the Patrol Division.  Captain Deal was promoted to Deputy Chief of Police in January 2009. His educational background includes an AS Degree in Business Administration from Catawba Valley Community College and a BS Degree in Criminal Justice from Gardner Webb University.  He has continued with graduate studies at the University of Virginia.  Deal is a graduate of the 195th Session of the FBI National Academy. Retired Deputy Chief of Police, Deal is a member of the international Association Chiefs of Police and the North Carolina Police Executive Association.  




Assistant Special Agent in Charge Robert "Heath" McBride Heath McBride is currently a Special Agent in Charge with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, assigned as a criminal agent and crime scene search specialist. McBride teaches in the Basic Law Enforcement Training program at Catawba Valley Community College and is a Qualified Assistant Director. In addition to teaching at CVCC McBride teaches at the SBI academy in Salemburg, N.C. In 2012, McBride was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award at CVCC. He started his law enforcement career in a non-sworn position at the Appalachian State University Police Department. McBride was a patrol officer with the Hickory Police Department and a Sergeant with the Catawba County Sheriff's Office. He has an Associates Degree in Science from Lees-McRae College and a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice from Appalachian State University. McBride has additional graduate studies from Appalachian State University.      




Seth Bailey Seth Bailey is a Criminal Justice Instructor at Hickory Career and Arts Magnet High School. He has a Masters in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati and an MBA from Northcentral University, and has received a Certificate in Forensic Nursing from the University of California.  Seth is a retired detective from the Lincoln County Sheriff office. He also is an RN with ten years of emergency room experience and was a medical examiner for Lincoln County for three years.      



Erin Cooper-Cook Erin Cooper-Cook has been teaching in the criminal justice department at Catawba Valley Community college since January, 2010.  She holds a master of criminal justice degree from Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts, as well as a bachelor of science degree in psychology with a minor in sociology and a concentration in substance abuse and dependency from Appalachian State University, located in Boone, N.C.  She also holds an academic membership with the International Honor Society Pi Gamma Mu, National Chancellor's List, National Dean's List, and National Honor Society.  Erin completed a degree in Education Specialist Degree in Higher Education, from Application.  




Special Agent Marc A. Sharpe Marc Sharpe is currently a Special Agent with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (NCSBI) assigned as a Criminal/Drug Agent to the Bureau's Northwestern District.   Sharpe maintains his status as a Basic Law Enforcement Instructor as recognized by the North Carolina Law Enforcement Training and Standards Commission teaching blocks of instruction in Controlled Substances, Criminal Investigation, Crime Scene Investigation, and Interview and Interrogation.  Sharpe also teaches at the SBI Academy.  Sharpe currently teaches courses at CVCC in Trace Evidence and Crime Scene Processing.  Professionally, Sharpe served in the United States Navy Reserve as a Master at Arms (Military Policeman) during the War on Terror obtaining the rank of Petty Officer Second Class.   Sharpe's law enforcement career spans twenty five years working in various positions throughout his career with the UNC-Chapel Hill Police Department, Wilmington Police Department, Morganton Department of Public Safety, Burke County Narcotics Task Force, North Carolina Department of Revenue, and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. Sharpe has held both subordinate and supervisory positions during his law enforcement career.  Educationally, Sharpe holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice obtained from Shaw University in Raleigh and a Master of Criminal Justice obtained from the University of South Carolina at Columbia.  Sharpe was awarded both degrees with honors in academic excellence.          




Judy Smith

Retired law enforcement officer (28 years).
Department of Corrections - Women's Center, Maximum Security, Columbia South Carolina (2 yrs)
Lexington County Sheriff's Department - Lexington, S.C - Deputy Sheriff  (2 yrs)
Hickory Police Department - Hickory, NC (12 yrs)(patrol officer, narcotics and CID, Patrol Sergeant, Patrol Lieutenant)
New Bern Police Department - New Bern NC (6 yrs) (Captain of Internal Affairs; Patrol Captain, Support Services Captain)
East Carolina University Police Department, Greenville, NC (6 yrs) (Captain Support Services, Director of Campus Security, Investigations Division Commander)
Undercover Operations
Augusta Ga.
Swanee, SC
Jacksonville, NC
Dunn, NC
United States Army - 6 yrs.
University of SC  (Go Gamecocks) - Undergraduate
East Carolina University - Graduate


Jeremy R. Wilson, M.A., Social Sciences

Jeremy Wilson has taught in the areas of criminal justice and history at CVCC since 2002. Prior to that, he taught social studies at East Burke High School and worked in enrolling and advising non-degree students at NC State University. He received a bachelor of arts degree in history from NC State University in 1997 and a master of arts degree in social sciences from Appalachian State University in 2000. He teaches introduction to criminal justice, law enforcement operations, corrections, and criminal justice organization and administration. 

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