Kevin Thelen Named Director of Public Safety and University Police

Posted on 8/2/2015 8:27:21 PM

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.

Keven Thelen selected as Director of Public Safety and University Police at IUPThelen 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 street-crime unit.

“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 Standards Training.