(April 27, 2010)--UTSA officials announced today the selection of Steve Barrera '82 as chief of police and director of public safety. Barrera recently retired from the San Antonio Police Department as deputy chief - service and support division commander, reporting directly to Police Chief William McManus. Barrera will assume his new duties at UTSA on May 1. He succeeds UTSA Police Chief David Hernandez, who resigned in July 2009.
"With over 30 years in law enforcement and many professional affiliations, Steve's education and experience will serve the university well, as he will be responsible for the leadership, planning, implementation, management and operation of the university police department," said Kerry Kennedy, UTSA vice president for business affairs.
During his career with the San Antonio Police Department, Barrera advanced through the ranks, starting as a patrol officer in 1979. In addition to his executive-level administrative and operations credentials, Barrera also brings experience in major crimes investigations.
Barrera earned a B.A. in criminal justice at UTSA in 1982 and a master of public administration degree from Texas State University in 1988. He is a former adjunct professor of criminal justice at UTSA and of public administration at Wayland Baptist University.
UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.
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