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Dr. Fred Newell

Department Chair for Public Safety and Administration

(434) 592-7616

Green Hall, Room 1661AC


  • D.M., Homeland Security, Colorado Technical University
  • M.A., Criminal Justice, American Military University
  • M.B.A., Public Administration, Pfeiffer University
  • M.A., Leadership, Bellevue University
  • B.A., Criminal Justice, Pfeiffer University


Dr. Newell spent thirty years in law enforcement where he retired as a Lieutenant with one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the nation. During his career, Dr. Newell was afforded the opportunity to serve as a supervisor with the Civil Emergency Unit/Field Force and also with SWAT. Dr. Newell also served as a supervisor over division investigations.

Dr. Newell has served as an adjunct instructor with Liberty University since 2015 and a Subject Matter Expert in Homeland Security and Terrorism since 2017. Dr. Newell’s research interests span the spectrum of topics in Criminal Justice, Homeland Security and Emergency Management with a particular focus on leadership and management.

Dr. Newell serves as a reviewer for numerous journals and has published chapters in the American Corrections text.


    • Southern Criminal Justice Association
    • International Association of Emergency Managers

Research Interests

    • Leadership and Management in the Public Sector
    • Leadership and Management under the CompStat Paradigm
    • Employee Motivation and Satisfaction within the Public Sector
    • Civil Liberties and Civil Defense