Albany – State University of
New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher today announced the appointment of R.
Bruce McBride as commissioner of University Police. In this position, McBride
will oversee police and security for the 64 SUNY campuses and liaison with
state agencies and local police departments.
McBride is a current
professor of Criminal Justice at Utica College and a former SUNY Assistant Vice
Chancellor for University Life and University Police, having spent 13 years of his
career at System Administration in Albany, from 1987-2000.
“Bruce is an accomplished
leader with the strong criminal justice background this position requires,”
said Chancellor Zimpher. “With years of hands-on experience in the University
Police department, intricate knowledge of the SUNY system, and excellent ties
to many of our campus police officers and local communities, Bruce is ideally
suited to lead our University Police.”
“I am honored to return to
work with the dedicated men and women of the State University Police, community
college public safety, and the staff at System Administration,” said McBride.
“I look forward to addressing the important policy and strategic planning
challenges related to this position.”
The duties of the commissioner
include overseeing police and campus security for the SUNY System and acting as
a liaison with the NYS Department of Criminal Justice Services, police chiefs
at SUNY’s state-operated campuses, the Community College Public Safety
Administration, and local police and NYS agencies regarding police matters,
labor relations, crime reporting, and policy regulations and laws. The
superintendant will also serve on various task forces pertaining to safety and
security at SUNY campuses.
Dr. McBride will complete his
teaching responsibilities at Utica College this semester and will begin a
transition to his new duties at SUNY in November.
About R. Bruce McBride
R. Bruce McBride has been a
professor at Utica College since 2000. He currently teaches graduate and undergraduate
courses in criminal justice and criminal justice administration. Over the
years, he has also directed program activities for adjunct professors in
criminal justice, economic crime, and cyber security at the college, initiated
a new graduate degree in criminal justice administration, and helped to convert
various programs to an online platform.
Prior, from 1987-2000,
McBride held various positions within the SUNY Office of University Life,
including assistant vice chancellor for University Life and University Police,
executive director, and director of Public Safety. In these capacities, McBride
coordinated law enforcement of university life activities for SUNY’s 64
campuses. He also initiated a statewide police training program, revised various
hiring standards, and was part of a team that changed the legal status of SUNY
officers from peace officer to police officer.
McBride has a bachelor’s and
master’s degree in History from SUNY Oswego and a master’s and Doctor of
Education degree in Education Administration & Policy from the University
A complete curriculum vitae
About the State University
of New York
The State University of New
York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States,
educating approximately 468,000 students in more than 7,500 degree and
certificate programs on 64 campuses with nearly 3 million alumni around the
globe. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu.