February 8, 1994
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Joseph R. Coppola, a veteran of more than 24 years with the U.S. Secret Service, including eight years as special agent in charge at its Baltimore Field Office, has been named to the newly created position of chief of corporate security services at The Johns Hopkins Medical lnstitutions. He begins his duties on February 22.

Coppola will oversee all aspects of security on the 44-acre East Baltimore campus, which includes The Johns Hopkins Hospital, The Johns Hopkins University Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health, and the Kennedy Krieger Institute. The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions currently budget approximately $10 million a year for security.

Coppola joined the Secret Service in 1969 and subsequently served in field operations in New York, Boston and Chicago. From 1982 to 1984, he was special agent in charge in the counterfeit division at Secret Service Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Coppola, a resident of Millersville in Anne Arundel County, was deputy special agent in charge of the technical security division at the White House from 1984 to 1985, directing an extensive scientific and technical aids security program with security countermeasures, antiterrorism and physical security. During this period, he planned and managed security for the president, vice president and foreign heads of state. Coppola also coordinated all technical security for the 1984 Republican National Convention in Dallas and the subsequent presidential inauguration.

He served as special agent in charge at the Baltimore Field Office from 1985 to 1992 and returned to that position in 1993, after a tour of duty in Washington, D.C., where he served as deputy assistant director for the office of inspection. A part of his duties in Baltimore has been to direct protective and intelligence-related operations for visits by the president and other dignitaries to Maryland, including the presidential retreat at Camp David, at Thurmont. During this period, Coppola also worked closely with the Baltimore Police Department and all other federal, state and local enforcement agencies in Maryland on crime task forces and investigations. His office deals with other authorities on a regular basis in assessing, evaluating and combating crime and violence in Maryland. In addition, he has been an active participant on the Governor's Advisory Council dealing with justice and public safety issues in Maryland and has been involved specifically with a state-level committee dealing with crime and violence,

James A. Block, M.D., president and chief executive officer of the Johns Hopkins Health System and Hopkins Hospital and Michael E. Johns, M.D., dean of the medical faculty and vice president for medicine of The Johns Hopkins University, said in a joint statement: 'We are extremely pleased that our extensive and lengthy search for a corporate security chief has ended with the appointment of Joseph Coppola, who possesses a superb background in security operations and, because of his current position with the Secret Service, is familiar with the region. We are convinced he will contribute in many ways to Hopkins' on-going commitment to maintaining safety and security on our campus."

"I am eager to begin my duties with Hopkins," Coppola responded in accepting the security position. "There is no single solution to the crime and violence its tragic toll in our society today," he continued, 'but I will exert my utmost effort in administering every degree of prevention when it comes to safeguarding people and property on Hopkins' East Baltimore campus."

The medical campus has been likened to a small city. More than 11,000 faculty, students, staff and support personnel study or work in its 41 buildings . Last year, the Medical Institutions provided nearly 300,000 days of inpatient care and logged more than 485,000 outpatient visits.

Block and Johns spearheaded an initiative for a stronger security force and safer environment on the campus. This was accomplished on two fronts, the first of which was the creation of an ad hoc panel to hear the recommendations of faculty and staff on ensuring internal security. The second dealt with crime and grass-roots community action supported by neighborhood groups, the Baltimore City Police, and Johns Hopkins.

Creation of an overall security chief was among the recommendations forwarded to the hospital and University administrations by the Ad Hoc Committee on Security headed by John D. Stobo, M.D., professor and director of the Department of Medicine and senior associate dean for clinical science.

"An ongoing evaluation of security showed that a senior-level security chief of the whole campus would serve us best," Stobo said in expressing his enthusiasm for Coppola's appointment. "At the same time, we are grateful to William McLean, director of security for the medical campus, for the job."

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