Appalachian State will welcome a new Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police next month.
According to statement from Paul Forte, Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs, “I am pleased to announce Andy Stephenson has accepted the position of director of public safety and chief of police in the Office of Business Affairs, effective June 19.”
According to Stephenson's cover letter and resume in applying for the position: he has serve as the Captain of Operations with the Indiana
University Police Department, faculty member in the criminal justice department at Ivy Tech Community College, earned a Master’s degree in criminal justice from Boston University and is a graduate of the 260th Session of the FBI National Academy.
He also notes, “The Indiana University Police Department in Bloomington is the largest division, on the flagship campus, of a statewide consolidation of police departments on all of the Indiana University campuses. The department is unique in that we operate our own law enforcement academy, which certifies our student employees as fully empowered police officers in the State of Indiana. This is the only program of its kind in the United States and, as a result, my staff and I play a major role in the training and development of competent, customer service oriented police officers. “
Stephenson will take over the position after Gunther Doerr retired in August 2016.