Joseph R. Coppola, chief of corporate security services for the Johns Hopkins Health System since 1994, has been promoted to the newly created post of vice president of corporate security for Johns Hopkins Medicine. In his new role, Coppola will have responsibility for providing security oversight for all of JHM as well as overseeing parking and transportation operations at the East Baltimore campus.
Prior to joining Hopkins, Coppola was special agent in charge of the Baltimore field office of the United States Secret Service, capping a distinguished 24-year career in the Secret Service.
"In the wake of recent events in this country, we are pleased to have someone of Joe's caliber and experience working directly with top leadership to ensure the safety and well-being of our patients, visitors and staff," said Edward D. Miller, CEO and dean of JHM.
As security chief, Coppola is credited with unifying a splintered security program and creating an effective, professional program that has significantly reduced crime on campus and become a national model, according to Ronald R. Peterson, president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System and executive vice president of JHM.
"Joe has transformed the perception and reality of the East Baltimore campus security so much that his work here is admired by his peers across the nation," Peterson said.
Coppola also serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Baltimore, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in various aspects of law enforcement and criminology. A graduate of Seton Hall University, he holds a master's degree in criminal justice from the University of Baltimore.