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Capella Graduate Niles Ford Named Chief of Baltimore Fire Department

Niles Ford, a PhD graduate of Capella University (, has been named chief of the Baltimore Fire Department. Ford earned a doctoral degree from Capella’s School of Business and Technology. Capella is a regionally accredited online university* that offers online degree programs designed to help working adults advance in their careers.

“It is rewarding to see our graduates achieving their dreams. We are very inspired by Niles and his recent accomplishment. He represents the hardworking, motivated ethic of so many Capella students, and the Baltimore Fire Department is very fortunate to have him leading their department,” said Scott Kinney, Capella University president.

Ford, a career firefighter, began his work in public safety in 1991 as a dispatcher in Bessemer, Alabama. He became a firefighter a year later and rose to the rank of captain in Bessemer Fire & Rescue. From 2003 to 2007, Ford was deputy fire chief in Fulton County, Georgia; he then moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, to become its fire chief. Most recently, Ford was the city manager of Chamblee, Georgia, where he oversaw a $14 million budget.

“Capella helped me in my career by providing real-world experience. I wrote papers and conducted research to solve contemporary and specific organizational problems. It helped me during my time at Capella, but also now – the research and thought I put into my work carried me through to today,” Ford said.

The Baltimore City Fire Department has over 1,700 members. They serve a geographic area of 81 square miles and a population of more than 640,000 residents. Ford started his position officially on Jan. 22, 2014.

About Capella University
Capella University is a regionally accredited online university* that offers online degree programs designed to help working adults advance in their careers. Over 70 percent of Capella students are currently enrolled in master's or doctoral degree programs in business, counseling, education, health administration, homeland security, human resource management, human services, information technology, nonprofit management and leadership, nursing, psychology, public administration, public health, public safety, and social work. Capella also offers bachelor's degree programs in business, information technology, nursing, psychology, and public safety. Within those areas, Capella currently offers 143 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 21 certificate programs. Approximately 35,000 learners were enrolled as of Dec. 31, 2013, from all 50 states and 61 other countries. Capella is committed to providing high-caliber academic excellence and pursuing balanced business growth. Founded in 1993, Capella University is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capella Education Company, headquartered in Minneapolis. For more information, please visit or call 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552).

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