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VPBA Newsletter Special Edition December 2005

Business Horizons

A monthly publication of Business Affairs

The University of Texas at
San Antonio

December  2005

In All We Do,
We Do With


Every Person,
Every Day,
Every Job

Hernandez Named UTSA’s Chief of Police

I am pleased to announce that Mr. David Hernandez, currently the commanding officer of the Special Investigation Section in the Rochester (New York) Police Department, has accepted the position of director of public safety and chief of police at the university.  He will begin his duties at UTSA by mid-January.

He has more than 20 years of law enforcement experience, an exceptional educational background, and proven leadership skills.  Mr. Hernandez will serve the university well as chief of police, responsible for the leadership, planning, implementation, management and operation of the university’s police department.

UTSA’s police department includes 48 officers, 20 guards, 8 dispatchers and 10 support staff.  The department is responsible for providing safe and secure environment for the more than 30,000 members of the university community at the three campuses. 

Chief-designate Hernandez has served as platoon commander for the Rochester Police Department, where he oversaw patrol duties for the department. He also has served as commanding officer of the Special Services and Technical Support Division and deputy chief of the Administrative Bureau.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Hobart College and a master’s degree in public administration from the State University of New York in Brockport.  Mr. Hernandez is a 2004 graduate of the FBI National Academy.

There was a large pool of applicants, with 115 candidates vying for the position.  Nine candidates were invited for a campus visit and were interviewed by the interview team, the college deans, myself and others.

Please join me in welcoming David Hernandez to the university, and join me as well in thanking Assistant Chief Dan Pena for his superb leadership and direction of the police department during the search process. His leadership in the adoption of a new career ladder and incentive program for the police officers and dispatchers, his unswerving loyalty and professionalism speaks volumes about his integrity and love for his officers, staff, and this great university.

And finally, my thanks to the interview team for their time and dedication in interviewing and evaluating the candidates, to all the others involved in the search process, including my excellent administrative staff for their continual high level of service to me and to all of our internal and external customers.


Watch for another Special Edition this week to announce the First Quarter recipient of the new
Business Affairs "Celebrating Excellence Award"


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