Alum from Saint Leo, One of the Top Universities in Florida, Honored for Work in Criminal Justice Fi

June 06, 2012

Florida’s law enforcement officer of the year is one of Saint Leo University’s own. Captain Buddy Grant was recently bestowed the honor by the Grand du Florida of La Societe des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux, a fraternal society for veterans more commonly known as the Forty and Eight. Grant holds an MBA degree from Saint Leo, one of the top-ranked universities in Florida.

Each year since 1977, the Forty and Eight have paid tribute to law enforcement officers who have done an outstanding job performing their duties. Over the past 10 years, Grant has risen through the ranks of the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, promoted from deputy to sergeant, operational sergeant, lieutenant operational lieutenant, district commander—and now, captain. His accomplishments there include implementing innovative policing programs and saving the life of an infant.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1988 to 1991 and the Florida Army National Guard from 2001 to 2004. The Florida law enforcement of the year award is far from Grant’s first—he has received several military honors, including 7th infantry division soldier of the year, the academic achievement award, leadership award and the path finder award.

As a state award recipient, Grant will be eligible for the same award at the national level. He will receive his award in June at a ceremony honoring all state recipients.

MBA Programs Coach Tomorrow’s Leaders

As an MBA student at Saint Leo University, Grant honed valuable leadership skills and learned effective strategies in conflict resolution, decision making, business protocol and negotiating. MBA programs give students the training and credentials to advance to the next level in their careers—whether the goal is to assume new responsibilities and roles, earn a promotion, or switch to an entirely new industry. Today, students have a wide range of options for earning an MBA degree, from traditional, full-time or part-time, weekend programs to online MBA programs.

Saint Leo University's Donald R. Tapia School of Business is the largest Catholic business school in the U.S., with students and alumni in more than 50 countries. A proven leader in graduate business studies, Saint Leo was ranked #1 for in-seat enrollment by the Tampa Bay Business Journal in 2011.

Saint Leo University has offered an MBA program at its Central Florida campus since 1994 and online MBA programs since 2002. One of the oldest universities in Florida, Saint Leo has been educating students in the liberal arts for over a century.

About Saint Leo University

Saint Leo ranks as one of the top universities in the South, according to U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” list. Saint Leo’s traditional liberal arts campus, located 30 miles north of Tampa, educates more than 1,900 students. Total enrollment across its campus, regional education centers, and online programs exceeds 15,000. Among the oldest Catholic universities in Florida, Saint Leo is one of the nation's 10 leading providers of higher education to the U.S. military, and is a nationally recognized leader in online education.