Kennedy Meaders, former chief of police for the Columbus Municipal School District, began work earlier this month as Mississippi University for Women's new police chief.
Meaders is a certified criminal justice professional and holds professional instructor's certification from the Board of Law Enforcement Standards and Training.
In his first experience with collegiate police work, Meaders said he has high hopes for the future of the MUW police force. He said his top priority is to keep the university safe.
MUW's last police chief was only on the job for a few weeks before being fired. The university had hired then-Meridian city councilman and Meridian Community College police chief John Harris to the job, but Harris refused to move to Columbus full-time. MUW requires full-time residency as part of the job.