Kevin Thelen, former
deputy chief of police for the University of Colorado (Boulder), has been
selected to serve as the director of Public Safety and University Police at Indiana
University of Pennsylvania. He will begin work at IUP on August 10, 2015.
Thelen has 15 years
of progressive command and executive command-level law enforcement experience,
including special operations unit and section supervision; internal
administrative investigations and special hire backgrounds; policy development
and accreditation; criminal investigations; emergency management and planning
and internal police liaison, development and training operations.
“The safety and
security of our university community is our number one priority,” Dr. Cornelius
Wooten, IUP Vice President for Administration and Finance, said. “While this priority
will always be a university-wide effort, it is very important that the director
of public safety and university police be a strong and strategic leader who
understands the unique needs of a university community.
“Mr. Thelen brings
years of experience in public safety and law enforcement in both community and
in higher education settings, and will be a good fit for IUP.
“I also want to thank
interim director Douglas Campbell for his service to IUP during this
transition,” Wooten said.
In his role at the
University of Colorado (Boulder) Thelen was the department director and hiring
authority, responsible for implementing best police, criminal and
administrative investigative and security practices, while delivering a high
level of stakeholder service.
Prior to his work at
the university, Thelen worked as an international police liaison officer for
DynCorp International in Iraq as a deputy regional commander, representing U.S.
Department of State’s interests in development of the Iraqi National Police
force through daily planning, investigations, training and interactions with
the coalition forces and Iraqi nationals.
He also served as the
division chief and section commander of the Aurora (Colorado) Police
Department, providing support and management services and functions aimed at
constantly improving organizational performance and culture to meet the
changing needs of the community. He provided direction over a wide variety of
sensitive, crucial and timely complex investigations, and supervised a
“I’m very excited to
be working with the staff at the IUP police department,” Thelen said. “I’m
looking forward to meeting and working with the university leadership, students,
faculty and staff, local public safety officials and Indiana community members
to build on the successful public safety foundations of the past.”
Thelen has a
bachelor’s degree in applied management from National American University and a
master of arts in the homeland security program from Naval Postgraduate School.
He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the State of Colorado Peace Officers