U of Cincinnati Hires New Director of Public Safety

Jason Goodrich, former chief of police at Lamar University, is set to join UC in early November.

After a highly selective national search, the University of Cincinnati (UC) has hired Jason Goodrich, the former chief of police from Lamar University in Texas. Goodrich is set to join UC on Nov. 3.

“The role of the director of public safety and chief of police is a central one in continuing our successful efforts to enhance the safety of our campus community. The new chief will be expected to continue to work with the President’s Campus Safety Committee to continue our strategic initiatives and make safety the highest priority,” UC President Santa J. Ono, said in a prepared statement.

As chief of police at Lamar University, Goodrich supervised day-to-day operations including parking services, emergency operations and compliance with the Clery Act. He previously served as a captain for the Vanderbilt University Police Department from 2007-11. At Vanderbilt, Goodrich managed several special units such as K9, traffic, victim services, criminal investigations, pro-active crime team and field training.

Goodrich served as chief of police and director of safety for Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, Indiana, from 2005-07. Before joining IU, he served as a law enforcement management specialist for the University of Arkansas Criminal Justice Institute. From 2000-04, Goodrich served as police chief of Southern Arkansas University and early on in his career, at the University of Arkansas, as a police officer, criminal investigator and sergeant.

Goodrich holds a M.A. in conflict management and a B.A. in criminal justice and has earned over 2,500 hours of law enforcement professional development and training. In 2011, he was awarded the Vanderbilt University Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center Mary Jane Werthan Award for contributions to the advancement of women at Vanderbilt.

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