Richard Medina, CPI

Interim Executive Director, Public Safety

Rich has been designated Interim Executive Director, CUIMC Operations, effective January 1, 2022. Rich joined the Columbia University Department of Public Safety in January of 2014 and has moved up through the ranks, working on all three campuses.  Rich has been acknowledged for his excellent service, hard work, and dedication to the Department. Prior to joining our Department, he spent 23 years in two different Law Enforcement Agencies. Rich is also a proud veteran, having served with the U.S. Navy.

Rich has a bachelor of arts from in social science from Fordham University and a master of science degree in negotiations and conflict resolution from Columbia University.

Contact Information


Contact Public Safety

Non-emergencies: 212-305-8100
Emergencies: 212-305-7979


  • Licensed New York State Security Guard Instructor, 2017
  • Professional Certified Investigator, PCI (ASIS), 2019
  • Numerous FEMA and DHS Courses