After serving for almost a year as interim chief, Laura McCullough was named Georgia Southern University’s chief of police Thursday.
The former police major has been acting chief of the Georgia Southern University Office of Public Safety 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, who joined the department in 2005 as a patrol officer. Since then she experienced several promotions including patrol sergeant, criminal investigations captain and most recently assistant director (Major), and interim chief of police, according to a release issued by Jennifer Wise, communications director with the GSU Office of Marketing & Communications.
“I’m excited and feel honored they have chosen me to take over the position,” McCullough said Friday. “This is a great department and I am excited about prospects, moving forward, and working with the Georgia Southern community.”
McCullough 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. She 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,” said Robert L. Whitaker, vice president for Business and Finance. “She has strong working relationships with the many police agencies in our local community. She has a strong commitment to Georgia Southern University.”
The University will perform a search for candidates to fill McCullough’s now vacant position of assistant director in the Office of Public Safety, Weiss said.