CLEMSON — Greg Whitaker has been hired as deputy chief of police at Clemson University, effective Monday, July 8. Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Chief of Police Greg Mullen announced the hiring of Whitaker, a longtime member of the law enforcement community.

Deputy chief of police Greg Whitaker on his first day in front of the library fountains

Greg Whitaker has been named deputy chief of police for Clemson University.
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“I am very pleased to have Greg join us,” Mullen said. “He brings years of experience in law enforcement and has had success in many areas, including patrol, training, professional standards, policy development and accreditation. As we continue to transform our operations and invest in individual staff development, organizational growth and the entire campus community, it is important for us to continue to focus on our vision of setting the standard of excellence in law enforcement. Greg’s appointment brings us one step closer to fully implementing our organizational structure.”

Whitaker was a member of the Charleston Police Department from May 1982 through August 2012. He worked under Mullen for six years, including the final five as captain (2007-12). He served as a lieutenant from 1996 to 2007, and during that time he was commander for training, environmental response and the special operations bureau. Whitaker worked his way through the ranks after starting as a uniformed patrol officer his first three years with the department.

In 2006, he was invited to and participated in the Oxford Round Table on criminal law and justice held at Harris Manchester College in England. He also participated in the Police Exchange Program in Holland for a comparative study in 2004.

“I am extremely honored to have been selected for this position,” Whitaker said. “CUPD’s vision speaks to integrity, compassion, service and honor. Chief Mullen has the innate ability to envision what he wants the future to look like and I firmly believe with his talent and commitment he will take the organization to the next level. I look forward to collaboratively working with everyone at the university as well as our external partners to make Clemson a safer place to focus on education.”

Whitaker earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from USC–Spartanburg in 1982 and a master’s degree in the same field from the University of South Carolina in 2000. Since retiring in 2012, he has taught law-related courses at Trident Technical College. He also previously spent time as an adjunct instructor at Charleston Southern University from 2000-05.