Chasing the dream of higher education can be a daunting task, but combining that challenge with chasing criminals would give perspective into the educational career of Albert “Butch” Arenal. Arenal is the Deputy Chief of Police for the Punta Gorda Police Department. He joins over 500 of his fellow Hodges University graduates this Sunday at the school’s 2007 commencement ceremony, and will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Management. Arenal attended his classes at Hodges University’s off site location at the Edison University Center Learning Site in Charlotte County.
During his career with the department, which began over 20 years ago, Arenal has supervised all facets of the agency including Uniform Patrol, the Administrative/Support Services Division (Records & Communications), the Criminal Investigations Section, and he is currently the Deputy Chief in charge of all agency operations. He has also served as the agency's Accreditation Manager.
An exceptional student, Arenal was recognized earlier this year at the Hodges University Student of the Year Banquet where he won an academic achievements award in the Kenneth Oscar Johnson School of Business for excellence in the Business Management program.
Deputy Chief Arenal graduated from the 193rd Session of the FBI National Academy in 1998 and is currently second in command at the Punta Gorda police department. He has also served as an instructor for the Southwest Florida Criminal Justice Academy.
Last month, Hodges University, formerly International College, announced that it had received a $12 million gift from long-time Naples residents and community benefactors Earl and Thelma Hodges. In conjunction with the gift, the institution changed its name to Hodges University and moved from college status to university status.
The Hodges University Graduation ceremony will take place on Sunday, June 10, 2007, at 4:00 pm at Germain Arena in Estero. For more information regarding Hodges University, visit the website at www.internationalcollege.edu or phone (239) 482-0019.