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New UMFK professor earns federal recognition

FORT KENT, Maine — The University of Maine at Fort Kent has announced that Marilyn Epp, recently hired full-time professor of public safety and criminal justice, was recently awarded the Investigative Achievement Award by the Department of Justice. 

Epp earned the award for her outstanding work on one of her Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) cases before being hired by UMFK.

“Ms. Epp had an outstanding career with the DEA and we are fortunate to have her as a faculty member,” said UMFK Interim President Dr. Tex Boggs. “Her insight and experience will significantly enhance the learning experiences our students.”

Epp’s career began when she enlisted in the United States Air Force after September 11, 2001. She was trained as an Arabic linguist and worked in military intelligence. After the military, Epp worked as an accounting manager while continuing her formal education, but she continued to feel called to public service. She left accounting to join the DEA. 

Throughout her DEA career, Epp worked in both strategic and tactical field intelligence. She published her research and presented it to her peers, policy makers and within agency trainings. She conducted countless interviews and participated in hundreds of investigations, working closely with local, state, and federal agencies and various task forces. 

“Shortly after joining the UMFK faculty on a one-year contract last year, Ms. Epp worked with us to revise and update UMFK’s public safety administration and conservation law degree programs,” said division chairman, Dr. Stephen Hansen. “Our goal was to create core competencies and measurable learning outcomes to ensure student success. Now that Ms. Epp is a permanent member of the faculty, we can be confident that these learning outcomes will be achieved.” 

“This is not Ms. Epp’s first accolade, as she was repeatedly honored for her service with the DEA,” saidBoggs. “She has already become a valuable asset on campus, first and foremost as a faculty member, but also as a member of our emergency management team and our Student Conduct Committee.”

“I am honored to receive this award,” said Epp. “It is the result of hours of investigation, by which we were able to successfully prosecute several members of an organization involved in interstate heroin and cocaine trafficking.  Dismantling this organization had substantial positive impact on local communities.”

At the award ceremony in Vermont, U.S. Attorney Christine Nolan thanked Epp for her service and dedication to the mission of the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kevin Doyle and Jon Ophardt commended Epp on her quick investigative research and effective testimony that helped detain the heads of the organization while they awaited trial and eventual conviction. 

Submitted by the Marketing and Communication Office of the University of Maine at Fort Kent.

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