Rob Kenter, PhD

Rob Kenter grew up in NYC and North Jersey and has lived in Norfolk since 1989. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Troy University and a Ph.D. in Public Administration from Old Dominion University’s School of Public Service. 

Before joining The Center for Policing Equity (CPE), he served over 30 years with the Norfolk Police Department,before retiring April 2020. He has extensive experience in the Field Operations and Administrative Service Bureaus, the last six years of his time with the NPD he served as a special assistant to the Chief in charge of special projects, research and data analysis. His own academic work focuses on southern politics, healthcare reform and network governance. His work has appeared in Social Science Quarterly, Politics and Policy, Politics and the Life Sciences, and Police Chief. He also co-authored a book State Politics and the Affordable Care Act: choices and Decisions (Routledge).