John McMurtrie named MC Director of Safety and Security

John McMurtrie named Director of Safety and Security

July 23, 2018 

John McMurtrie has been named Maryville College’s new director of safety and security.

McMurtrie, a former special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, began his new role at Maryville College on June 1.

As director of safety and security, McMurtrie is responsible for providing a safe and secure living-learning environment on the Maryville College campus. Responsibilities include: striving to reduce and remove the opportunity for crime on campus; educating the campus community regarding safety issues; protecting life and property; coordinating safety- and security-related initiatives across campus; enhancing relationships with the campus and surrounding community; and collaborating with multiple functional units on and off campus.

A law enforcement professional with over 35 years of experience, McMurtrie was a Pennsylvania State Police Trooper for seven years and a special agent with the FBI for 29 years. During his time with the FBI, he investigated internet crimes against children, intellectual property theft, internet schemes to defraud, drug smuggling cases, and crimes of violence, including bank robberies and street gang illegal activities. He also investigated the assassination of judicial, military and law enforcement officials, contract fraud/public corruption, bribery of public officials and international narcotics trafficking in Baghdad, Iraq, as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Most recently, McMurtrie was a program manager on a U.S. Department of State contract for a European Union Rule of Law (EULEX) Mission in Kosovo.

“We are thrilled to have Mr. McMurtrie join our team,” said Dr. Melanie Tucker, vice president and dean of students. “He brings with him a wealth of knowledge regarding myriad components of safety and security, through his work federally and regionally, within government and private entities. He is an established trainer, educator and leader, committed to creating and sustaining safe and secure environments.”

McMurtrie earned a bachelor’s degree in criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Pa. His professional training and certifications include Facility Security Officer (FSO); FBI firearms instructor; sex crimes investigator training; FBI special agent applicant assessor; FBI general police instructor; Special Weapons and Tactics (FBI SWAT) operator; interviewing/interrogation techniques instructor; and Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) to the active shooter instructor.

He received the U.S. Department of Justice Award for Public Service in 1991 and the U.S. Department of Justice Office of the U.S. Attorney Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement in 2010.


Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the Fall 2017 semester is 1,181.