Chief of Police
Reports to the associate vice president for public safety for VCU and VCU Health.
About the position
The chief of police works closely with VCU Police department staff, academic campus and medical center constituents, and the local community to direct and administer the overall policing initiatives, as well as promote a safe and secure environment, for the campus and medical center communities of Virginia Commonwealth University.
The chief provides comprehensive leadership, strategic vision, and general oversight for patrol operations, investigations, community policing, crime prevention strategies, community outreach, educational services, crime statistics, federal compliance reporting, and programs. Managing an award-winning, 24-hour/365 day-a-year, internationally accredited and full-service law enforcement agency, the chief leads a staff of 99 sworn police officers and approximately 200 security personnel, all housed in a brand new headquarters and state of the art emergency operations center.
With a total student population of more than 31,000, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is a public research university located in the capital city of Richmond, VA. The VCU Health System is an urban teaching hospital and is home to VCU Medical Center, the #1 ranked medical center in the Richmond metropolitan area with the only Level I trauma center in central Virginia. Together they make VCU the largest employer in the city of Richmond (22,888 including VCU and VCU Health employees).
Founded in 1838 and currently belonging to the elite group of R1 – Doctoral Universities with Highest Research Activity by Carnegie Classification, VCU enrolls students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 108 countries. Students choose from 59 undergraduate, 69 master’s, 42 doctoral programs, three first-professional programs and 44 certificate programs offered by 11 schools and three colleges. With two main campuses on 173 acres in the historic downtown area, as well as satellite campuses located across the state and internationally, VCU boasts a diverse campus community, including approximately 43 percent of the student body identifying as minority, as well as an 18:1 student-faculty ratio, and more than 500 student clubs and organizations.
One of the largest academic health centers in the nation with a 52-acre footprint one block from Capitol Square, VCU Health System also maintains over 2.5 million square feet of facilities in satellite locations surrounding the city, including research space at the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park. In addition to VCU Medical Center, the $3.2 billion health system includes Community Memorial Hospital, the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, the Virginia Premier Health Plan (a 220,000-member non-profit Managed Care Organization), and the MCV Physicians (a faculty practice plan with more than 700 members and 770 residents and fellows).
- Co-Chair, Meredith Weiss, Vice President for Administration
- Co-Chair, Larry Little, Vice President, Support Services and Planning, VCU Health
- Carlos Brown, Executive Director, Support Services, VCU Health
- Suzanne Weaver, Senior Director, Safety and Quality, VCU Health
- John Venuti, Associate Vice President for Public Safety, VCU and VCU Health
- Gypsy Denzine, Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
- Shirley Gibson, Associate Vice President, Support Services and Planning, VCU Health
- Kevin Harris, Associate Vice President for Academic Health Sciences
- Tim Lampe, Senior Associate Athletic Director
- Chuck Klink, Senior Vice Provost for Student Affairs
- Jan Altman, Director for Cultural Competence and Education
- Mike Porter, Associate Vice President for Public Affairs
- Jihad Aziz, Director, University Counseling Services
- Tammi Slovinsky, Deputy Title IX Coordinator
- Squig Moore, Director of Employee Relations and Performance Management