Voorhees Chief of Campus Safety and Security makes history in South Carolina

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Voorhees Chief of Campus Safety and Security makes history in South Carolina

June 01, 2016

Voorhees College’s Director of Security Chief James L. Weldon is currently the only campus chief in the state of South Carolina to hold a degree in emergency management.

Weldon, who recently graduated May 7, has been the head of security for Voorhees College since 2005. Previously, he served as an investigator/detective for the City of Atlanta Police Department for over 20 years. Chief Weldon decided to further his education knowing that with the constant changes in today’s society, a degree in emergency management would enable him to better handle emergency situations on campus, or when working with city, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

“South Carolina has more nuclear plants than most states; therefore, it is vital to have the training to handle any emergency situation or disaster that might occur.” said Weldon. “It is imperative that, not only is Voorhees College prepared, we must ensure the safety of the entire community during an emergency. Now I have the skillset to do so.”

Chief Weldon also holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Brenan College, has earned certifications through Homeland Security as a school resource officer, HAM radio operator, community emergency response team leader. He is also a Campus Emergency Response Team Leader (C.E.R.T.S.)

Currently, Voorhees College is the only HBCU in the state of South Carolina that offers emergency management as a major. For more information, contact Megan Freeman, director of communications, at 803-780-1191 or at mfreeman@voorhees.edu.