Greg Sumner, Ph.D.
Dr. Greg Sumner is a tenured Professor and Coordinator of the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice at Georgia Highlands College. Greg has served as a Deputy Sheriff for the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, Patrolman First Class for the Rome Police Department, and Lieutenant/Senior Instructor for the Georgia Public Safety Training Center-Northwest Georgia Police Academy. In those agencies he has served as a patrolman, field training officer, honor guard member, SWAT team member, counter-sniper and instructor. He holds instructor certifications in instructor training, firearms, defensive tactics, pepper spray, chemical agents (FBI), environmental crimes, health and wellness and ASP baton. He is the Founder and past President of Professional Screening & Information (PSI), a company that conducts pre-employment screening services internationally with clients in aviation, healthcare, insurance, business, government, energy, to name a few. Greg created products such as Background Wise, Reference Wise and Med Wise, to include the pre-service background check model used by all police academies in the State of Georgia. After 15 years of successful growth, the company was sold in 2014 to a private investment group, where he maintains a seat on the board of directors.
Greg is founder of a non-profit organization, the Community Criminal Justice Foundation, Inc. (CCJF), that provides annual scholarships to those seeking a degree in criminal justice and an annual lunch for criminal justice personnel throughout Northwest Georgia. As an entrepreneur, Greg enjoys developing historical properties by bringing new life to old structures and on occasion developing and building new structures, commissioning paintings that accurately represent historical times and places and engaging in opportunities that create positive social change.
Greg is a Veteran of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, serving in the Georgia Army National Guard (48th Brigade) and the United States Army (24th Infantry Division) as a Tanker and Physical Training Instructor.
Greg holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Human Services with a concentration in Criminal Justice from Walden University, and conducted additional graduate studies in developmental psychology. He conducted his doctoral residency through Walden University at Indiana University. He holds a Master of Science in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science from Jacksonville State University, where he was a member of Alpha Phi Sigma-criminal justice national honor society, Lambda Alpha Epsilon-American Criminal Justice Association and Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity.
Greg is a recipient of the eMajor/eHero Award (2020), Rome Downtown Development Authority-Williams S. Frick’s Service Award (2016); Community Criminal Justice Foundation Leadership Award (2015); Georgia Highlands College Shining Star Award (2013); Heart of the Community Award (2012); Jacksonville State University Criminal Justice Alumni of the Year Award (2012); graduate of Leadership Georgia (2009); Better Business Bureau Torch Award Recipient of Ethics in Business (2008); Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year (2008); graduate of Leadership Rome (2000) and Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow, to name a few.
Greg has served on many non-profit boards of directors over the years as a member and in many instances as chairman. He currently serves on the boards of the Community Criminal Justice Foundation (founder and member), Northwest Georgia Police Academy (chair), Community Foundation for Greater Rome Board of Directors (member), Jacksonville State University Foundation (member, Chair 2021-2022), Rome High School College and Career Academy program of Study in Law, Public Safety and Corrections Advisory Board (member), and the Berry College Center for Integrity in Leadership (mentor).
Greg and his wife (Shani) are raising three boys, one cat and a dog. Much of his free time is spent with his family enjoying the outdoors and fly fishing.