Georgia Tech Names New Director of Security and Police

The Georgia Institute of Technology announced today that it has named Teresa Crocker as the new Director of Security and Police. Crocker currently serves as Director and Chief of Police at East Carolina University, the third largest university in North Carolina. Effective January 6, Crocker fills the position formerly held by Chief Jack Vickery, who retired last summer.

"Teresa comes to Georgia Tech with impeccable police credentials," said Robert K. Thompson, senior vice president for Administration and Finance at Georgia Tech. "She brings considerable experience in higher education, rising from police officer to assistant director/chief of public safety during her 12 years at North Carolina State University and nine years as chief at East Carolina. We are delighted that she has agreed to join the Tech team in this extremely important position and look forward to working with her in creating an even safer, more secure campus environment."

"I am excited to take on the new challenge of leading Georgia Tech's growing Police Department," said Crocker. "The department's responsibility for campus security is growing as part of national homeland security efforts as well as the continued expansion of campus into the heart of Midtown Atlanta."

Crocker will be responsible for protecting the life and property of people on the Georgia Tech campus, which includes over 350 acres and approximately 200 academic, residential and recreational buildings -- more than 9 million square feet of functional building space. A city within a city, Georgia Tech has nearly 16,000 students and approximately 6,000 faculty and staff. During special events, the number of visitors to campus can exceed 50,000.

Crocker received a Master of Science degree in Law Enforcement and Corrections from North Carolina Central University and received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Campbell University.