Title: Criminal Justice Educator, Management Consultant
Company: United States Army
Location: Leawood, Kansas, United States
Otis Allen Shirley, Lt. Colonel (Ret.), President at Ivanhoe International Ltd., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Military for dedication, achievements, and leadership in law enforcement.
Inspired to contribute to building a new type of law enforcement, Mr. Shirley graduated from the Atlanta Law School with an LLB and Juris Doctor in 1964, later achieving a Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York at Albany in 1981 and a Master’s from Beacon College in 1983. Mr. Shirley devoted many years of his life and career to the military, as he was a 1965 graduate of the Georgia Military Institute. Additionally, he graduated from the Air Command and Staff College at the Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama in 1976, as well as the Command and Staff College in Leavenworth, Kansas in 1978. Mr. Shirley notably began serving with the United States Army in 1967, with time spent overseas in Vietnam, and officially retiring from his post as a lieutenant colonel in 1986.
A certified criminal justice administrator and security systems engineer, Mr. Shirley most recently served as president of Ivanhoe International Ltd. in Kansas City from 1991 to 1993. He commenced his years with the company in 1976 as a consultant. In the earlier years of his career, he was the director of the Pan American Operations International Leasing Corp. from 1965 to 1967, as well as the director of procurement at Passport International from 1976 to 1979 and a consultant to Koenig & Associates for 10 years. In the 1980s, he began focusing on law enforcement, as he was the director of academy development at the Eastern Region Criminal Justice Commission and chairman of the academic commission at the Criminal Justice Commission. Dedicated to his field, Mr. Shirley went on to serve as the director of the department of justice administration at Beacon College until 1986 and was provost marshal at the Department of the Army in Independence, Missouri from 1987 to 1990. Similarly, he joined Norwich University as a field faculty advisor and professor and Electro Signal Lab as staff counsel.
For his success in the military and his outside professional career, Mr. Shirley has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades. For his service, he holds a Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, a Vietnam Campaign Medal with three campaign stars, an Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, and an Air Medal and Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf clusters. The badges he was honored with include a Parachutist Badge, Vietnam Parachutist Badge, Aerial Observer Badge, Combat Infantry Badge, and Recondo Badge, as well as a National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Medal, Army Over Seas Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. To add to his repertoire of honors, Mr. Shirley also holds a Presidential and Meritorious Unit Citation, Decorated Purple Heart, Cross of Gallantry, and Legion of Merit. Mr. Shirley takes great pride in his military years, and he thanks the armed forces for inculcating within him the ability and desire to do any job no matter how difficult it was and never quit. The United States Army gave him the chance to become the hero of his childhood dreams.
Despite his notable achievements and humbling recognitions from the military, Mr. Shirley describes building his family as the highlight of his life. He is grateful for his wife, Frances Walls, daughter, Susan Lynn, and grandchildren, Sherman Allan and Caroline Frances Christina. Today, he holds membership with the Atlanta Claims Association, American Criminal Justice Association, International Masons, and Sigma Delta Kappa, of which he was granted the Leadership Award in 1965. Additionally, he is a former president of Alpha Lambda Epsilon and the Law Enforcement Guild. To attest to Mr. Shirley’s legacy, he can also be found in the 21st edition of Who’s Who in the East and the 22nd edition of Who’s Who in the Midwest.
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