Following a four-year, active-duty stint in the U.S. Air Force, Smalley joined the Indiana State Police as a trooper in 1960. By the mid-1970s, he had worked his way through the ranks to lieutenant when he decided to pursue his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at SPEA.
“There were other things I wanted to be challenged by in addition to my career,” said Smalley, who knew he wanted to be a state trooper as early as age eight and finished his career with the force with a rank of major. “Once I became a trooper, I realized the many opportunities available within the department and knew that having a degree and college education would set me up for success in pursuing these opportunities within the Indiana State Police department. I knew my degree would help me advance in my career.”
During his time with the Indiana State Police, Smalley served as the planning and operational commander for the 1987 Pan American Games, which featured Indianapolis as the host city for the games. He would draw on that experience five years later when he joined the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD).
From 1992 through 1996, Smalley was the DOD liaison to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies charged with security for the 1994 FIFA World Cup games held in Orlando, Florida, and the 1996 Summer Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in Atlanta. He also served as the director of security for the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Winter Olympics.
“I sought education from other universities as well as through advanced certification and select trainings throughout my career,” said Smalley, who received specialized training with both the FBI and Secret Service. “But SPEA helped prepare me for my entire career in so many ways. Without my SPEA education, I would not have had as much direction and guidance in the field that shaped my career.”
Marv Smalley Indiana State Police Scholarship: Recognizing the support of the School in a big way.
Lilliard Richardson, SPEA’s executive associate dean, said Smalley’s gift will have a lasting impact on the school and further enhance its ability to compete for the best and brightest students.
“Our mission is to give students the knowledge and skills to have a significant impact in diverse settings, and Marv’s career perfectly embodies the vision we have for SPEA graduates,” Richardson said. “His commitment and generosity to SPEA will have an enduring influence on future generations of public and nonprofit leaders.”
In addition to his scholarship bequest, Smalley will also make a gift to the Indiana University McKinney School of Law Global Crisis Leadership Forum.