Frantz Michel, B.A.’86

The Best of Both Worlds

By Amy Halloran, B.A.’90

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Frantz Michel – just promoted to colonel in the New York Army National Guard – is also a New York State Police investigator specializing in computer forensics. He describes this dual career track as the best of both worlds: “I have two careers that I like.”

“A good academic foundation,” which included an emphasis on writing and speaking skills, has assisted Michel in both careers. He says that studying criminal justice has made him a better police officer, giving him insight into both the process of the system and the psychology of
people involved. “I could apply a lot of the concepts I learned right to the job,” he notes.

Michel remains active at UAlbany, speaking to students who are interested in a similar path. He also assisted in fundraising efforts for Haiti after the January 2010 earthquake.