Gerald Lewis Jr. has been named Vice President for Public Safety at Columbia University.

Lewis will lead campus safety efforts at Columbia and work to improve diversity and inclusion efforts in the public safety department, according to a Columbia University announcement.

Lewis brings higher education security experience from his over 30-year career in campus safety and law enforcement to the VP role. He joins Columbia from his previous role serving as Chief of Police at the University of Connecticut.

Prior to that, Lewis served as the Associate Vice President and Chief of Police at the University of Texas at San Antonio; the Chief of Police at East Carolina University; and Commanding Officer, Chief Spokesperson and community liaison for the New Jersey State Police.