Leadership Team

Clifton L. Spinner, MS

Chairman and Charter Member

Clifton is a 1983 graduate of Steubenville High School and went on to attend college at West Liberty State, where he excelled in academics and football.  He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice in 1987 and joined the Ohio State Patrol to begin a career in law enforcement.  He also earned his Master’s degree in Criminal Justice in 1993 from the University of Cincinnati. As Staff Lieutenant assigned to the Ohio State Patrol's General Headquarters Clifton served as Risk Manager. Clifton spent 28 years with the Ohio State Highway Patrol retiring in June of 2015. In July, Clifton was appointed the new Director of Safety and Security Services at Franklin University and is responsible for the leadership and management of all safety and physical security initiatives impacting the University. Clifton also serves on the Board of Directors for the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Client Security Fund and he is an adjunct professor at Ohio University teaching in the criminal justice/law enforcement program.  Clifton grew up under the positive mentoring of Coach Bright and was one of the many students who attended the numerous FCA retreats that Coach Bright provided for the children of the Ohio Valley.  He volunteers his time to the youth of Ohio, having served as a Big Brother with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and as an assistant scoutmaster with an urban Boy Scout Troop in Columbus. He, his wife, and his daughter reside in the Columbus area and belong to Mt. Olivet Baptist Church.