MIKE THORNHILL | Cumberland University
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Chief of Security
Work Phone: (615) 476-3061
Location: Mitchell Student Center


Chief Mike Thornhill has over 20 years in the entertainment and private security fields where he has worked with the likes of Steven Seagal, Garth Brooks, 50 Cent and the Rolling Stones just to name a few.


Chief Thornhill is currently the Chief of Campus Security at Cumberland University. He works closely with the V.P. of Campus Services and local law enforcement agencies in our area in a continuing effort to keep our campus safe. 

He is President of Private Officer International, Nashville, Tennessee, Chapter 301. He is a Board Member of Private Officer International, a security and law enforcement organization. POI along with Armour College trains security and law enforcement personnel across the US and has over 4000 members worldwide, including FBI, US Marshall Service, Dept. of Homeland Security, as well as state and local police agencies. 

He is a proud member of FBI Nashville Citizens Academy Alumni Association, former Executive Board Member of FBI’s InfraGard Middle Tennessee Members Alliance, Associate Member Fraternal Order of Police Andrew Jackson Lodge NO 5, Global Society of Homeland and National Security Professionals, International Association of Counterterrorism & Security Professionals, International Foundation for Protection Officers, Homeland Security Terrorism Liaison Officer, National Rifle Association, TN Association of Chiefs of Police, TN Gang Investigators Association, TN Sheriff’s Association, and Texas Ranger Law Enforcement Association. He is also on the Member Board Of Trustees of McWhirtersville #375 at the Masonic Lodge in Donelson TN.