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Gloria Graham Leads Safety and Security Division

New Associate Vice President Gloria Graham stands outside the Rotunda

A veteran law enforcement official with more than 22 years of service at higher education institutions across the nation has been named the new associate vice president for safety and security at the University of Virginia.  Gloria S. Graham, former assistant vice president for safety and security and deputy chief of police at Northwestern University, will serve as the administrator in planning, directing, and managing the comprehensive law enforcement, general security, workforce safety and emergency preparedness services for all components of the University. 


“Gloria is a superb choice to lead the University’s efforts to ensure the safety and security of our learning, living and working environment,” Executive Vice President and COO Patrick D. Hogan said. “A leader committed to organizational excellence, team building and accountability, her breadth of experience and expertise in law enforcement at several prominent universities will be of tremendous value as the University integrates its safety and security resources.”


The University created the new leadership position at the recommendation of the consulting firm Margolis Healy, who was charged with assessing the University’s public safety and security infrastructure following the events of August 11 and 12 of last year. The firm determined that the University would benefit from consolidating safety and security functions into one division – a move projected to improve coordination, communication, oversight and budgeting.


Graham Her responsibilities will include the management of the University’s Academic Division and Medical Center emergency preparedness and business continuity plans, as well as operational oversight of the University Police Department (UPD), the Security Systems and Services Unit, the Office of Safety and Emergency Preparedness and the public safety-related aspects of the Office of Environmental Health & Safety.


“I’m excited to join this world-class institution and lead the safety and security portfolio with an emphasis on inclusion and transparency,” Graham said. “As we forge ahead into UVA’s third century, there is no better time to focus on this very important work.” 


At Northwestern, Graham helped to build a new Department of Safety and Security that included a strategic plan aligned with the University’s priorities and commitment to community engagement. Prior to her appointment at Northwestern, Graham held a number of senior appointments at several leading universities, including as assistant vice president and assistant chief of police at the University of Chicago from 2012-2015; chief of police at the University of Tennessee from 2010-2012; assistant chief of police at Duke University from 2007-2010; and public safety captain at the University of Southern California from 2004-2007.


Graham received a bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice studies from North Carolina Wesleyan and a master’s degree in leadership development from Saint Mary of the Woods College.  She is an active member of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).