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Michael Harrison, University of Phoenix alumnus and faculty member, called to lead New Orleans Police Department

University of Phoenix alumnus and faculty member, Michael Harrison, was officially named Superintendent for the New Orleans Police Department by Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Harrison was appointed interim superintendent in August. In the weeks that followed, a national and local search was held and Harrison’s name rose to the top.  

"I'm the poster child that there is no more glass ceiling," Harrison shared at his appointment event. "That at any moment, a person who works hard, has a good work ethic, has confidence and faith and integrity, can rise.”

Harrison earned his Bachelor of Criminal Justice from University of Phoenix in 2006 and has served as a committed faculty member at University of Phoenix since 2011 at the New Orleans campus. He teaches many courses within the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration program such as Introduction to Police Theory and Practices and Criminal Justice Management and Practice.

Harrison joined the police department in 1991, and quickly climbed through the ranks. He initially served as detective in the narcotics section, then as a sergeant, supervisor, assistant commander and commander of the Special Investigations Division, managing NOPD’s criminal intelligence, narcotics, vice and gang enforcement division. Harrison is also very involved in his church and local community.

Spider Marks, executive dean for the College of Criminal Justice and Security, shares his thoughts on the recent announcement: “Michael’s appointment as superintendent of the NOPD speaks volumes to his dedication and success. I’m proud that he is part of our University of Phoenix family and I hope students can learn from his work ethic and expertise.”