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Dr. Christopher W. Baker Arthur M. Bohanan

Bohanan graduated from Walters State in 1976 with an associate of science in criminal justice. He was an investigator for the Knoxville Police Department's Internet Crimes Against Children Regional Task Force team, conducting undercover operations and forensics examinations of computers, searching for information relating to child pornography and child exploitation. He is an international expert in fingerprinting, and his discovery of a process that allows investigators to recover fingerprints previously unobtainable on cadavers has been patented and adopted internationally by law enforcement agencies. He is known internationally for his contributions as a researcher, consultant and lecturer in the field of forensics.

Alumni Recognition:

Steve Watson Steve O. Watson
Meritorious Achievement Award

Watson graduated from Walters State in 1974 with an associate of science in criminal justice. He earned a bachelor's degree from East Tennessee State University and a master's degree from the University of Tennessee. In 1988, he obtained a doctorate of jurisprudence from the Nashville School of Law. He has held many management positions with several state and federal law enforcement agencies and worked with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for 18 years.

Steve Watson Louise C. Dyer
Meritorious Achievement Award

Dyer has the distinction of earning two diplomas from Walters State. She received her associate of science in 1975 in child care technology and her associate of science in nursing in 1978. She has distinguished herself professionally as a nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at Morristown-Hamblen Health Care Systems, where she worked for 23 years.

Judge Joyce Ward Judge Joyce M. Ward
Meritorious Achievement Award

Ward graduated from Walters State in 1973 with an associate of science in general studies. She went on to earn both her bachelor's and law degrees from the University of Tennessee, where she also graduated with honors. After a year in private practice, she became the first woman to hold a judgeship in Hamblen County, and the third female judge in the state. In 1981 she returned to private practice and also served as assistant public defender for the third judicial district for four years. She has served as Hamblen County general sessions judge since 1996.