Meharry Medical College Names New Chief of Security

(Nashville, Tenn.) – (April 2, 2012) – Wayne J. Riley, M.D., MPH, MBA, MACP, President and Chief Executive Officer of Meharry Medical College, is pleased to announce the appointment of Theresa McKinnon, MBA, M.S., as Chief and Director of Campus Safety and Security.

Serving Meharry for eight years, McKinnon has been instrumental in the implementation of several significant campus security upgrades such as the installation of emergency telephones on campus and the addition of strategically placed 24-hour video surveillance and other programs which have aided the development of a safe and secure campus environment for students, faculty and visitors.

McKinnon joined the department in August 2004 as shift commander and worked her way up the ranks to professional accountability officer and principal training officer. She most recently served as acting chief of the department and administrative lieutenant.

As Chief, McKinnon will be responsible for the oversight of the Meharry Medical College Department of Campus Safety and Security.

McKinnon is a graduate of the Tennessee Peace Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) course. P.O.S.T. is the training curriculum that is mandatory for all Tennessee law enforcement officers to receive certification as a police officer. McKinnon successfully completed the intensive 10- week training session at the Cleveland State Community College Law Enforcement Training Academy located in Cleveland, Tenn. She received specialized certification in the areas of DWI, standardized field sobriety tests, pressure point control tactics and defensive tactics. She also successfully participated in firearms training at the Catoosa Rifle Range in Catoosa, Ga. McKinnon received both her MBA and her M.S. in Management degrees from Trevecca Nazarene University.

About Meharry Medical College

Meharry Medical College, founded in 1876, is the nation's largest private, independent historically black academic health center dedicated to educating minority and other health professionals. True to its heritage, it is a United Methodist Church affiliated institution. The College is particularly well known for its uniquely nurturing, highly effective educational programs; emerging preeminence in health disparities research; culturally sensitive, evidence-based health services and significant contribution to the diversity of the nation's health professions workforce. Meharry is a leading national educator of African Americans with M.D. and D.D.S. degrees and Ph.D. degrees in the biomedical sciences. Visit to learn more.