Kennesaw State’s new police chief recognized for “outstanding service”

Award presented by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators KENNESAW…

Georgia (Jun 26, 2014)Award presented by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators

KENNESAW, Ga.  (June 26, 2014) — Kennesaw State University’s new police chief, Roger Stearns, recently received the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement (IACLEA) Award for Administrative Excellence. The award recognizes an employee of an IACLEA institutional member of a campus public safety, police or security department for “outstanding service in areas such as policy and planning, investigations and/or crime prevention.”

New and innovative ideas, cost savings, enhanced administrative techniques and management ideas are also considered for award selection.

Stearns took the helm of the Kennesaw State’s police department in February. He joined the University with more than 20 years of law enforcement experience in higher education. Most recently, he served as chief of police at the University of Texas-Pan American for the past four years. Previously, Stearns served on the police departments for Vanderbilt University, University of Texas-Dallas and the University of Arkansas. He earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Arkansas and attended the FBI National Academy in 2008.

As chief of police at Kennesaw State, Stearns oversees the day-to-day public safety operations, implements and enforces established safety and security policies and procedures, and is responsible for positive relationships with faculty, staff, students and first responders. He oversees 73 employees, including sworn officers, security officers and administrative personnel. 


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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 90 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of 24,600 from 130 countries.


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit