Ohio State University Police Chief Paul Denton will retire after a career of police service that has spanned 37 years.

Craig Stone, who assumed the position of deputy police chief in May, is set to take over as police chief, according to a release by OSU.

“I am excited about the opportunity to serve as acting police chief for The Ohio State University, Department of Public Safety, University Police Division. Chief Denton has been a great mentor and leader for the Division and for me,” Stone said in an email. “I look forward to leading the men and women of the Division based upon our mission, vision, and values, and continuing to maintain relationships with internal and external stakeholders to keep the campus community safe.”

Denton said one of his main objectives starting at the university was to attain professional recognition for University Police. The division was accredited by the Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies in 2013. “I think we did accomplish that with our accreditation award,” he said. “The next challenge will be maintaining that accreditation, and that’s a process that is rigorous. It makes sure that the agency is following nationally recognized and best practices that have recognized policies.”

Denton has also earned Certified Law Enforcement Executive, as well as Police Executive Leadership College certifications by the Law Enforcement Foundation & Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police.

Denton will receive the Distinguished Leadership Award at the 2015 National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition early this July in recognition of his contribution to sports safety and security.