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George McCord, Ph.D.

Homeland Security | Adjunct Faculty

Ph.D. in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Emergency Management (2019) – Walden University
M.S. in Critical Incident Management (2014) – Saint Leo University
B.S. in Public Safety in Emergency Management (Summa cum Laude) 2012 – Capella University
Dr. McCord has been in law enforcement for over thirty-four years, during that time he has held the ranks of Police Officer, Public Safety Officer (Police/Fire), Detective and Deputy Sheriff. He is certified in the State of Florida to develop and deliver high-liability courses for law enforcement officers, Department of Homeland Security courses involving weapons of mass destruction (radiological/biological/chemical) and terrorism courses as well as FEMA Incident Command System courses.

Dr. McCord was also a member of his agency's Mobile Field Force/Quick Response Force which included training duties involving PPE and FIT Testing of all members of the unit. His last position was as a member of the grenadier/CUT unit. Activations included FTAA in Miami (2003), Organization of American States (OAS) in Fort Lauderdale (2005) and the Republican National Convention in Tampa (2012).

His Emergency Management experience includes assignments within his agency as a Planning Section Chief in their Emergency Operations Center (EOC), Damage Assessment Coordinator and an assignment at the county's EOC ESF-16 Desk (law enforcement). These duties included activations for hurricanes since 2002 affecting South Florida.

Dr. McCord also volunteers with the Civil Air Patrol, USAF Auxiliary, where he is a Lieutenant Colonel and serves as an Incident Commander for search and rescue and homeland security missions.

For the last four years, he has been a part-time adjunct instructor at Columbia Southern University in the College of Safety and Emergency Services, Department of Homeland Security.