Anthony Ribera

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor Anthony Ribera brings a wealth of experience at the center of San Francisco civic life to both his teaching and academic work. As former Police Chief of San Francisco, Professor Ribera believes effective leaders are ethical leaders, underscoring the core values of the Jesuit tradition, promoting conscientious action for social justice. Dr. Ribera currently teaches the Law Enforcement Leadership program and has since 1997 when he wrote the original curriculum. In 2001, USF formed the International Institute of Criminal Justice Leadership and appointed Professor Ribera as its director. The Institute’s annual symposium has emerged as a groundbreaking forum for progressive law enforcement training and leadership.

While Dr. Ribera feels that leadership and motivation are driven from within, the goal of his curriculum is to help awaken these attributes in students, helping them examine real world scenarios with the aim of developing real world management skills. Drawing from his own work in proactive police administration – an effort to achieve symbiotic partnership and mutual trust between police officers and the neighborhoods they serve – Professor Ribera is showing students how to improve transparency, lead with integrity and form alliances within the community.

His courses on public administration, organizational theory, strategic planning and implementation are designed to give students a comprehensive foundation in management, a better understanding of issues they’re likely to face, and how best to approach solutions. An added advantage for students is Professor Ribera’s long-standing ties to prominent and well-respected civic leaders throughout California, allowing them direct access to key influencers, politicians and decision makers in the public arena.


National Executive Institute of the FBI, 1993
Ph.D., Public Administration, Golden Gate University, San Francisco, CA, 1987
M.P.A., Justice Administration, Golden Gate University, San Francisco, CA, 1975
B.A., Justice Administration, Golden Gate University, San Francisco, CA, 1974
Lifetime Teaching Credential, City College of San Francisco, CA, 1975
A.A., Social Science, City College of San Francisco, 1966

Courses Offered

The following courses represent the last 3 years of teaching and do not represent the current course offerings.

  • PA 368: Field Project: Public Administration
  • PA 400: Contemporary Law Enforcement Leadership
  • PA 353: Organizational Theory & Design
  • PA 644: Strategic Planning and Implementation
  • PA 613: Management and Organizational Theory


The following list is a selection of recent publications and does not represent the entire body of research.

“How One Police Chief Coped with Crisis,” Police Chief, Washington D.C., 2001
“The National Study of Community Policing: What Really Works” with J. Baldridge,Pacific Management, San Francisco, 1998
“Police Chiefs and the Media: A Trying Relationship,” presented at the Freedom Forum, Alameda County Training Center, California, 1996
“Implementing Affirmative Action without Quotas,” presented at the National Convention of the Hispanic Command Officers Association, White Planes, New York, 1995
“The Proactive Model of Police Administration,” University of Michigan Microfilms International, Ann Arbor, 1987

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