Announcing New Leadership at SCI

For more than 70 years, the Safe Communities Institute has been a leader in public safety education and research. I am proud to announce that SCI’s Jessie Redd is now serving as the Institute’s Interim Director. Her intellect, experience and dedication will guide SCI into the next stage in its multi-decade history.

This change in leadership comes as I am honored to have been appointed USC’s Associate Senior Vice President of Safety and Risk Assurance. Although I am stepping away from the SCI Director’s role, I remain committed to the mission, and I am confident in the Institute’s success under Jessie’s consummate leadership.

Jessie’s excellence in managing SCI’s education, research and community engagement initiatives has been matched with her innovative ideas for growing SCI’s impact. Our programs and public forums continue to attract potential students, research partners, and philanthropic interest, and Jessie’s knowledge and steady hand will ensure these vital programs continue to advance scholarship and best practices in public safety.

Jessie is a Trojan (of course), having earned her BA from USC, and she later earned her Master’s of Public Administration at Florida International University, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management and Homeland Security. I recruited Jessie to SCI three years ago, and she has unflinchingly assumed significant responsibilities for critical elements of our Institute’s operations. It is no exaggeration to state that SCI would not be what it is without Jessie. For that reason, her interim leadership role inspires both confidence and excitement for what comes next.

I have always considered myself lucky to be able to work with Jessie, and I look forward to SCI’s continued successes under her leadership. Please join me in congratulating Jessie Redd and wishing her well in this new and well-deserved position. We are grateful for her continued service to SCI and the Sol Price School of Public Policy.

Erroll Southers

Dr. Erroll Southers is USC Associate Senior Vice President of Safety and Risk Assurance. He is the former Director of the Safe Communities Institute, a former FBI Special Agent, Presidential nominee for TSA Administrator and California Governor’s appointee to the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security. He holds roles around the world and throughout the international counterterrorism and national security arena.

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