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Reinhardt University adjunct professor elected to FBI National Academy board

By Erika Neldner

Reinhardt University adjunct professor Grady Sanford is serving a new role on the executive board of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Associates as the Section III representative.

Sanford is the Chief Deputy of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office and a graduate of the 242nd FBI National Academy.

“Chief Deputy Sanford has over 32 years of law enforcement experience and brings a wealth of knowledge to the classroom. He has developed a great number of international contacts over his career, which allows him to share a multitude of perspectives related to public safety,” said Trey Drawdy, director of Reinhardt University’s Public Safety Institute.

Sanford retired from the Georgia State Patrol as a captain and joined the University’s adjunct faculty in 2016.  He primarily teaches Managing Criminal Justice Organizations in the online Bachelor of Criminal Justice program. He also assists with the Basic Law Enforcement Training Course through the Public Safety Institute. 

In early 2017, Chief Sanford was consulted regarding the development of graduate level programming for public safety professionals aspiring to serve in managerial and executive roles. 

“Chief Sanford’s input led us to redesign the University’s Master of Public Administration program to better serve the public safety sector. His professional experience is invaluable, and he is passionate about bringing higher education to the ranks of law enforcement,” Drawdy added. 

In his new position, Sanford represents the 13 chapters in Section III, including chapters in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Caribbean/Latin America, Maryland/Delaware, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Washington, D.C. The position is a path to leadership with FBINAA, as the first four years of his term he will serve as the Section III representative and progress through the upper leadership chairs to national president of the international organization in 2024.

Reinhardt adjunct professor Grady Sanford

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