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* Roger Johnson

Director of Public Safety Named

Veteran law enforcement leader Roger Johnson has joined Rensselaer as the director of public safety. Johnson served as assistant vice chancellor for University Police for the State University of New York (SUNY) for the past eight years. In that capacity, he was responsible for the coordination of university police operations for the State University of New York campuses across the state. Under the direction of the chancellor and the SUNY Board of Trustees, he coordinated policies, procedures, hiring, and operational standards for each police department within the SUNY system. He was the primary contact for university police chiefs, community college directors of public safety, and the police and security unions, and he represented the university on law enforcement and safety legislation among external constituents.

Prior to that statewide assignment with SUNY, Johnson served as the director of the State University of New York Police Academy, director of Human Resources Training Systems, deputy director of the Institute for Mediation and Conflict Resolution, and as a law enforcement officer for the New York City Police Department. He is also an adjunct faculty member for Schenectady County Community College, a retired commissioned officer for the U.S. Army Reserves, and a retired Vietnam veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Johnson received a bachelor of arts degree from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, and a master’s degree in social work from Hunter College, City University of New York. He also completed postgraduate studies in organizational behavior/counseling psychology at the Teachers College, Columbia University.

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Inside Rensselaer
Volume 4, Number 12, August 27, 2010
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