DUNDALK — Community College of Baltimore County recently recognized retiring Business, Education and Justice Dean Dennis E. Seymour by dedicating the Dundalk campus moot court in his honor. Materialized in 2015, the Moot Court was Dean Seymour’s vision for infusing a real-life experience into the academic setting. Today the Moot Court is utilized by the Criminal Justice department as well as CCBC government and law enforcement partners for such things as courtroom preparation and testimony training.
Dean Seymour has served at CCBC for 42 years. Graduating in 1970 from what was then Catonsville Community College, Seymour earned an associates of Arts degree in Law Enforcement while also working as a Maryland State Police Trooper. He continued his studies and went on to earn two bachelor’s degrees from University of Maryland University College, a master’s degree from John Hopkins University and a Ph.D in Criminal Justice from Southwest University.
Seymour joined CCBC in 1977 as an adjunct faculty member and continued to move up the ranks. He became Dean of CCBC’s School of Justice in 2007 and remained in that capacity for 12 years even as the School of Justice revamped and expanded to become the School of Business, Education, Justice and Law.
During his tenure Seymour co-founded the National Institute for Criminal Justice, developed an eight-week CCBC Public Safety Officer Training Academy, created articulation agreements with the Maryland Transportation Authority and Baltimore County Police Academies and developed a multitude of Criminal Justice and Law courses. The Moot Court was his “labor of love,” a project that took years of planning.
“I find it very fitting to dedicate the Moot Court in Dr. Seymour’s honor,” said CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis. “It was his vision, leadership and advocacy which basically willed it into existence. And, although Dean Seymour is moving on to enjoy the next chapter of his life, his legacy will live on at CCBC in a very visible way through the Dr. Dennis E. Seymour Moot Court.”