(July 13, 2016) -- Gerald Lewis, a 29-year law enforcement veteran, has been selected to serve as the new chief of police and associate vice president of public safety at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). He will lead 52 sworn officers and 94 civilian employees in the UTSA Police Department.
Since January 2014, Lewis has served as the chief of police at East Carolina University (ECU), responsible for the safety and well-being of nearly 40,000 faculty, staff and students. As chief, Lewis led a department comprised of 58 full-time and 10 reserve police officers, 16 department personnel and 30 part-time student patrol officers.
Prior to coming to ECU, Lewis oversaw public relations and minority recruitment for the New Jersey State Police, where he served for 26 years. He also worked with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to launch campaigns recruiting inner-city minorities to the police force. He retired in 2013 as a major and commanding officer after playing a critical command role during Hurricane Sandy.
"We are pleased to have a very seasoned police veteran joining UTSA to lead our Police, Emergency Management and Environmental Health and Safety division," said Kathy Funk-Baxter, vice president for business affairs. "Chief Lewis will be a strong advocate for creating a safe and secure campus environment that supports our educational mission."
Chief Lewis earned a bachelor's in Public Administration and a master's in Administrative Sciences from Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he also served as an adjunct faculty member.
He is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute and a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE).
Lewis succeeds former UTSA Police Chief Steve Barrera, who retired in spring 2016. UTSA Assistant Police Chief Daniel Pena has been serving as the university's interim chief of police.------------------------------
Learn more about UTSAPD.
Organizations participating in the golf cart parade will be creatively decorating their carts in the 2017 UTSA Homecoming theme "Spirit, Tradition, and Pride".
University Center Lawn, Main Campus
As he wrote about in his book, Kill It To Save It: An Autopsy of Capitalism's Triumph Over Democracy, Corey Dolgon will speak about what made Donald Trump the preferred choice for many voters and shows how policy is crafted, marketed and sold or rejected.
Buena Vista Street Building, Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BVB 1.328), Downtown Campus
The UTSA African American Studies Program is proud to present Dr. Rupert Evans, a Harvard Macy Scholar and the immediate past President of the Institute for Diversity in Health Management.
Main Building (MB 0.208), Main Campus
President Taylor Eighmy is inviting all UTSA faculty and staff to "Tacos With Taylor." Take the opportunity to introduce yourself to the President at any one of these casual meet and greets.
Frio Street Building, Food Court Commons Area, Downtown Campus
Celebrate 40 years of BestFest, an annual event hosted by Roadrunner Productions as a part of UTSA Homecoming festivities. The event will feature a carnival, food and drink booths, a golf cart parade, firework and live music from Anthem.
Brackenridge Lot 1, Main Campus
Celebrate homecoming as the Roadrunners take on Rice. Come early for the Spirit Walk, tailgating, games, music and food. Stick around for a halftime show with SOSA and the crowning of Mr. and Ms. UTSA.
Alamodome, 100 Montana St., Downtown San Antonio
The Leadership Storytelling Homecoming Brunch brings together UTSA alumni and students to share a delicious meal as well as a roundtable conversation about how experiences in college carry us forward on unique leadership journeys.
University Center, Denman Room (UC 2.01.28), Main Campus
The conference is dedicated to sharing recent knowledge and experiences gained in the area of Big Data by researchers in academia, industry and the government sectors within the areas of business, national security, infrastructure, healthcare and visualization. The conference fee is $45 and includes breakfast, lunch & parking. Free for students and non-academic government employees. Register here: https://www.regonline.com/UTSAdataconference2017.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (HUC 1.104), Main Campus
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.