Beth Grossi D’92, a criminal justice professor at the University of Louisville, was recently promoted to lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserves. Currently on sabbatical while on active duty, she is serving as inspector general with Eastern Region, based at Fort Knox.
The Canton, Ohio, native has been in the army for twenty-two years, serving in active-duty and Reserve capacities. She enlisted as a military police officer. Her first assignment was at Fort Leonard Wood, where part of her mission entailed donning civilian clothes to help crack down on area drug dealers. She went on to work crime scene investigations and interrogation.
After serving almost a four-year enlistment, she left active duty in 1986 as a sergeant to pursue her master’s degree at the University of Louisville, settling there because it was close to Fort Knox, her last duty station, and she was familiar with it.
But before she left, she applied to become an Army officer. In 1987, as she was preparing to return to school, she received her commission.
She went on to command the 378th MP Detachment (CID) in Louisville for almost four years. After leaving command, she worked as the 100th Division’s physical security officer and, eventually, inspector general.
Grossi had been the inspector general for three years when she got called last year to fill in as the Eastern Region’s IG at Fort Knox.
Teaching full-time at Louisville, her stint was supposed to be for two weeks during the annual Leader’s Training Course. As it took place during the summer, the call-up did not interfere with her teaching duties.
But even before Grossi arrived, she was asked to extend her stay to thirty days. Then six months. Then a year, eventually staying through January.
Grossi said she missed being in the classroom. But she embraced the opportunity to serve on active duty again.
“This is a contribution I want and need to make,” she said. “The university will always be there.”
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