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Dean Named Executive Director of Public Safety; Chief Halias Announces Retirement

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Paul Dean, deputy chief of the UNH Police Department, has been named executive director of public safety for the university effective Oct. 29, 2011. In recent years, Dean has served as both the police department’s deputy chief and director of emergency management.

“Throughout his career Paul Dean has consistently demonstrated professionalism, integrity and dedication to the university in every aspect of his work,” said Mark Rubinstein, vice president for student and academic services. “In this new role, he will build on the work of the past decade, evaluate the university’s readiness for the future and ensure the effective integration and operations for all aspects of public safety at UNH.”

Dean is a 28-year public safety veteran and holds degrees in criminal justice as well as extensive specialized training in law enforcement and emergency management to include graduating from the 186th session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va. and the Babson College Command Officer Training program in Wellesley, Mass.

While Dean will assume his new role as Oct. 29, he will also become the chief law enforcement officer for UNH Jan. 6, 2012, with the retirement of Chief Nicholas Halias, under whose leadership the department attained accreditation by both CALEA and IACLEA, and improved relations between the University Police Department and the Durham Police Department.

“For more than a decade Chief Halias has worked to build the department’s resources and reputation,” said Rubinstein. “His contributions to public safety at UNH and throughout the state are many and we thank him for his commitment and dedication.”