Johns Hopkins refreshes search for vice president for public safety

Committee of community, student, faculty, and staff representatives to vet candidates to lead university and health system's vast security and public safety operation

Johns Hopkins University and Medicine is refreshing the national search for a vice president for public safety, led by newly appointed search committee co-chairs Jonathan Efron, a professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and a surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Paul Pineau, Vice President and General Counsel at Johns Hopkins University. The committee is meeting this week, and candidate interviews are anticipated for next month.

Connor Scott, former chief of staff for security, has been serving as acting vice president for security since June 2019. The search was slowed by the pandemic and now welcomes several new committee members. In addition, Johns Hopkins has updated the position to place even greater emphasis on "public safety" and has changed the title accordingly. This new title better reflects the breadth of the role and Johns Hopkins' comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to helping protect the safety and wellbeing of the communities it serves.

"The vice president of public safety is a leader who not only manages a large and diverse workforce providing an essential service across the university and health system but also engages with our university affiliates and our neighbors in Baltimore and beyond," Pineau said. "This is a critical role to fill—we expect a lot from this leader. Luckily, we have assembled an outstanding search committee that is representative of faculty, students and staff across the Hopkins enterprise and includes several Baltimore community members who bring an important perspective as our neighbors. We're looking forward to getting to work together."

With more than 1,200 personnel, the Johns Hopkins safety and security operation serves the Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Health System and its 57,000 employees, 24,000 students, and more than 111,000 annual inpatient admissions, as well as nearby neighbors across academic, medical, and administrative locations throughout Baltimore City and other locations in Maryland, Washington, D.C., Florida and internationally. The VP must be an experienced, proven, and strategic operational and organizational leader, with unimpeachable integrity, outstanding interpersonal skills, and a dedication to serving others.

"The vice president for public safety is a role of great importance as this person will be responsible for overseeing and ensuring the safety of individuals at all Johns Hopkins' locations, including the Homewood campus, all other schools, and all of the health system," Efron said. "This individual will partner with communities and local governments to enhance and evolve Johns Hopkins current safety culture and operations. The search committee is a diverse group of individuals representing all facets of the Johns Hopkins community including students, faculty, members of the health system, and our representatives from our local communities. We are committed to finding the right person to lead Hopkins into a new era of public safety that focusses on engagement, inclusion, and that all are safe within and around Hopkins."

Gathering input from affiliates and community members is an important part of the search committee's charge, the co-chairs said. Members of the Johns Hopkins community are encouraged to share thoughts and/or questions they might have with the search committee through the feedback form on the Public Safety website.

The members of the search committee are:

  • Ozioma Anyanwu, Undergraduate student, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Johns Hopkins University; President, Black Student Union
  • Kerry Ates, Vice President & Chief of Staff, Office of the President, Johns Hopkins University
  • Jonathan Efron (co-chair), Professor of Surgery, School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University; Surgeon, Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Zach Enumah, Fellow/Johns Hopkins Hospital Assistant Resident
  • Jonathan Flombaum, Associate Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University
  • Emerald Jenkins, Graduate student, School of Nursing, Johns Hopkins University
  • Regina Hammond, President, Rebuild Johnston Square
  • Jeanne D. Hitchcock, Special Advisor to the Vice President for Local Government, Community & Corporate Affairs, Johns Hopkins University & Johns Hopkins Medicine
  • Cheryl Koch, Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
  • Mary Miller, Interim Senior Vice President for Finance & Administration, Johns Hopkins University
  • Dana Moore, Charles Village resident & community leader
  • Sarah O'Hagan, Trustee, Johns Hopkins University
  • Paul Pineau (co-chair), Vice President & General Counsel, Johns Hopkins University
  • Samuel T. Redd, Director, Operation P.U.L.S.E.
  • Kevin Shollenberger, Vice Provost for Student Health & Well-being, Johns Hopkins University
  • Calvin Smith, Director of Student Leadership & Involvement, Johns Hopkins University
  • April Taylor, Vice President, Quality, Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Cynthia Walters, Senior Director, Hospital Capacity Management & Emergency Nursing Services, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
  • Howard Woolley, Trustee, Johns Hopkins Medicine