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TU to hold talk on ‘The Importance of Formal Education in Law Enforcement’

Thomas University will welcome Col. Mark W. McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 3, in the Smith-Bonvillian Hall on TU’s Main Campus. McDonough will present “The Importance of Formal Education in Law Enforcement.”

After graduating as valedictorian of his high school class at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School in Rabun Gap, Georgia, McDonough received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his service, McDonough earned several medals for his service during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

In addition to serving as Commissioner, McDonough holds the rank of Colonel with the Georgia State Patrol. He is a graduate of the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College. McDonough holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Columbus State University and also graduated from the 235th session of the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Virginia. He was also selected as a member of the 19th Delegation for the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange.

For more information about the presentation, contact Lori Battle at or 229-869-5526.

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