Howard University issued the following announcement on June 18.
Howard University has appointed Marcus Lyles as the Executive Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police for the Department of Public Safety, effective June 11. Lyles will be responsible for providing innovative and progressive police and security services for the University and Hospital communities as well as serving as a strategic advisor on safety, security, and crisis management issues. He will also manage officer recruitment, patrol operations, event management, investigations, community outreach and policing, student, faculty and staff engagement, crime prevention strategies, crime statistic and federal compliance reporting, and collaborate closely with local law enforcement.
“We are pleased to welcome Chief Marcus Lyles to the Howard University community,” says EVP and Chief Operating Officer Tashni-Ann Dubroy, Ph.D., “His extensive background in public safety and emergency response in higher education, private, and government sectors will be an asset as we continue to foster a safe environment for our students, faculty, and staff.”
Lyles joins Howard University after serving as the director of Public Safety and Campus Police at Trinity Washington University, where he was responsible for all services and activities of the Campus Police & Safety Department including safety, security, and public assistance. He evaluated the University’s disaster and emergency preparedness plans and training as well as oversaw the enforcement of applicable laws on University premises, such as identifying violators, issuing warnings and citations, and initiating student disciplinary proceedings.
“I am absolutely honored to be selected to serve as Howard University’s Executive Director of Public Safety and Police Chief. I will continue to provide the University with a safe and secure campus environment, and to do my part in upholding Howard University’s rich legacy,” says Chief Lyles. “My first priority is to meet with the faculty, staff, and students to learn more about the community and its challenges. Ultimately, my goal is to increase and maintain a safe and secure learning environment. One in which students, staff, and faculty will know they are supported, protected and cared for. Our future leaders walk this campus much like many did before them, with the goal to carry-on Howard’s legacy and go off into the world to make a difference.”
Lyles earned a bachelor’s degree from American University in criminal justice administration and obtained an Emergency Management certification from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). He is also a certified instructor in CPR, AED, First Aid at the American Red Cross. In 2016, he was awarded the “Patriot Award” by the United States Department of Defense.
“Thanks to the administration, I’ve been given the platform to do my part as a servant leader to enhance the safety and quality of life for students, faculty, and staff, and the ideals which will someday better our world,” says Lyles.
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