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Georgia Southern announces appointment of Maj. Laura McCullough to Chief of Police

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Laura McCullough

Maj. Laura McCullough has been appointed chief of police of the Georgia Southern University Office of Public Safety effective immediately. She has served as interim chief of police since May 31, 2015.

“Laura has demonstrated an excellent grasp of the unique population and environment on a University campus,” said Interim University President Jean E. Bartels, Ph.D., R.N. “She has a great vision for developing a comprehensive department and strong educational focus for both students and officers.”

McCullough has protected the campus community and assisted local law enforcement agencies  since joining the University’s Office of Public Safety in 2005 as a patrol officer. She has since served as a patrol sergeant, criminal investigations captain and most recently assistant director (Major), and interim chief of police. She also is a 2013 graduate of the FBI National Academy, has participated in the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police Executive Training and also is a P.O.S.T. Certified Forensic Technician. McCullough holds a B.S. in education from Samford University, a M.S. in education from Georgia State University and a M.S. in event management from the University of Tennessee.

“Laura has been and continues to be a great leader for the University police department. She has strong working relationships with the many police agencies in our local community. She has a strong commitment to Georgia Southern University,” said Robert L. Whitaker, vice president for Business and Finance.

The University will perform a search for candidates to fill McCullough’s now vacant position of assistant director in the Office of Public Safety.

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers approximately 125 degree programs serving nearly 20,500 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered and hands-on approach to education. GeorgiaSouthern.edu.

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