Double Alumna Leading the Way for the Next Generation of Leaders

Mary Paradis
September 08, 2021

Congratulations to College of Professional Studies (CPS) double alumna, Mary Eileen Paradis, BPS ’18, MPS ’20, on her new position as Chief of Police & Executive Director of Public Safety at The University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Ms. Paradis, a graduate of our bachelor’s degree completion program in police science and master’s degree in cyber security and information management, pursued both her academic degrees while working full time.

She is an outstanding example of a strong and determined student who completed her education and achieved professional advancement, thanks to the flexibility CPS offered her and other professional students.

During her time at CPS, she earned multiple academic awards, including the GW Distinguished Scholar Award (2017), the GW Academic Achievement Award (2017, 2018) and the GW Dr. Richard J. Southby Science Award (2018).

She also worked tirelessly to protect the university community as Assistant Chief of Police and Interim Chief of Police at GW, while inspiring others to reach for higher standards. Her extensive law enforcement experience and lifelong desire to continue learning have culminated in her newest achievement.

CPS applauds her achievement and the example she sets for the next generation of students and professional leaders. More information about her on LinkedIn

In the News:

"Paradis continues trailblazing career as first female UMMC police chief, executive director of public safety," by Bruce Coleman. The University of Mississippi Medical Center (09/13/2021).