SAVP Darrell Darnell

Darrell Darnell

Senior Associate Vice President for Safety and Security


Darrell Darnell is the George Washington University's first Senior Associate Vice President for Safety and Security and comes to the university from the White House, where he served as director of critical infrastructure protection and resilience policy for its National Security Staff.

A retired Master Sergeant with the United States Air Force, Mr. Darnell has nearly a decade of experience at the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and Justice. Before moving to the White House, he served as director of the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, the city agency responsible for all-hazards emergency planning, preparation, response, and recovery.

Mr. Darnell grew up in Akron, Ohio and has lived in the D.C. area for more than 25 years. A University of Maryland alumnus, he was an adjunct professor at Prince George's Community College in Largo, Md., and at his alma mater. He also holds a certificate from the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

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