Mark Ryan, M.P.A

Director of Public Safety
Adjunct Professor, Criminal Justice

My wife Paige and I have been married for 32 years. Paige is a retired Financial Consultant. Our oldest son Matt is the President of Focused Mission Financial, and our other son Jake sells real estate.

My passions in my spare time are outdoor activities, travel, and officiating basketball. I retired as an NCAA Official and continue to officiate for high schools.

As an alumnus of PLNU, it is great working for a faith-based University. I look forward to our journey together in the weeks to come!


  • M.P.A., Public Administration, National University (1993)
  • B.A., Accounting, Point Loma Nazarene (1989)
  • FBI National Academy (2016)
  • Fusion Centers Leaders Program, Naval Postgraduate School (2016)
  • Supervisory Leadership Institute (2006)

Courses Taught

Adjunct Instructor, Miramar College, Administration of Justice (1999 – present)

  • I’ve taught for the Regional Police Academy, the Detentions Academy, and Sheriff’s In-Service Training. I’ve taught Firearms, Emergency Vehicle Operations, Ethics, Leadership, Report Writing, Codes & Statutes, Physical Fitness, and an Introduction to Criminal Justice.

Adjunct Instructor, Point Loma Nazarene University, Criminal Justice (2018 – present):

  • SCJ, Justice in a Complex Society
  • SCJ, Social and Community Policing
  • SCJ, Criminology
  • SCJ, Writing and Interviewing in the Criminal Justice Profession

Experience in Field

In July 2018, I was honored to become the Director of Public Safety for Point Loma Nazarene University.

Prior to my present position, I worked for the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department for 29 years. I had a variety of assignments which included 12 years as a deputy, ten years as a sergeant, and seven years as a lieutenant. As a lieutenant, I held five assignments which included:

  • Academy Director for San Diego’s Regional Police Academy
  • Intelligence-Led Policing
  • Intelligence Commander (Secret Clearance)
  • Substation Commander (“Police Chief”) for Imperial Beach, CA.
  • 2nd in Command for Vista, CA.