July 1, 2021
TO:All UMMC Faculty, Staff and Students
FROM:Dr. Jonathan Wilson, Chief Administrative Officer
SUBJECT: Appointment of New Chief of Police and Executive Director of Public Safety
I am pleased to announce that Mary Eileen Paradis, a 34-year law enforcement veteran who has experience in higher education security leadership and public safety management, has agreed to serve as chief of police and executive director of public safety for UMMC’s Police Department, effective July 26.
In her new role, Chief Paradis will provide overall leadership of police, security, and public safety at UMMC. She will support the department’s mission to enhance the quality of life on campus by working cooperatively with Medical Center leaders to provide for a safe environment.
Chief Paradis most recently worked at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, where she served as assistant vice president of safety and security. At Marymount, she oversaw the Office of Safety and Emergency Management, which promoted and contributed to the physical health and psychological well-being of the community by preparing for and responding to emergencies, preventing campus crime and establishing a safe environment.
A native of Chicago, Illinois, Chief Paradis graduated from the Chicago Police Training Academy. While serving as interim chief of police, assistant chief of police and assistant chief of physical security and information management at George Washington University, District of Columbia, she earned her Bachelor of Professional Studies in police and security studies and her Masters of Professional Studies in cybersecurity strategy and information management. She also received the Distinguished Scholar Award, the Academic Achievement Award and the Dr. Richard F. Southby Police and Science Prize.
During her distinguished career, Chief Paradis has served as senior director of safety and security at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art and Design; director of security at the Willard InterContinental; corporate director of loss prevention at Global Wireless Solutions; director of security at Westfield Wheaton Shopping Town; public safety director at Tysons Corner Center; and a sworn member of the Chicago Police Department’s Intelligence Section.
Please join me in welcoming Chief Paradis to the Medical Center and in supporting her efforts as chief of police and executive director of public safety.