January 08, 2009

Associate Vice President for Safety and Security

To: Faculty, Staff, and Students
From: Ann Marie Lipinski
Date: January 7, 2009

I am very happy to announce the appointment of Marlon C. Lynch to a newly created position, Associate Vice President for Safety and Security. Marlon, a native of Chicago, currently serves as the assistant vice chancellor & chief of police at Vanderbilt University and is one of the nation’s leading figures in campus security.

Beginning February 2, Marlon will oversee a newly created University department structured to better coordinate and more efficiently deliver public safety and transportation services. As a unit in the University of Chicago’s Office of Civic Engagement, this department will combine the University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) led by Rudy Nimocks, Chief of Police and Security Services, and Campus Transportation and Parking Services managed by Brian Shaw.

Marlon will be responsible for organizational integration, operational enhancements, new security technology, and will expand training opportunities for police officers. UCPD employs the service of nearly 150 full and part-time certified law enforcement officers. The University’s transportation operation includes private buses as well as public buses contracted through the Chicago Transit Authority.

The University of Chicago created this new integrated structure as a result of a recommendation by President Robert J. Zimmer’s Campus Safety and Security Committee. The value of this model was carefully studied and defined through an operational assessment conducted by leading public safety consultants.

Marlon has worked at Vanderbilt since 2005. He earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University and earned a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Boston University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Northwestern University School of Police Staff & Command, and was recently named as one of the “Top 25 Most Influential People in the Security Industry” for 2008 in Security magazine.

I would like to thank the faculty, staff and student selection committee that advised me in this important search.

Please join me in welcoming Marlon and his family back to Chicago and to our community.