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McShane Appointed Assistant VP of Public Safety

By Kristin Sterling

Jim McShane

Jim McShane recently joined Columbia University as the assistant vice president of Public Safety. McShane joins the University from the New York City Police Department, where he attained the rank of deputy chief and held a variety of positions for 24 years. His most recent assignment was as the executive officer of the Narcotics Division.

McShane is also a Fulbright Scholar, with a master's degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a juris doctor from the St. John's University School of Law.

The mantra that has stuck with McShane throughout the years and one that he is bringing to Columbia is "pride, professionalism and service." He elaborated: "Pride, in the work that we do; professionalism, the way we do what we do; and service, what we provide to the Columbia community.

"I am looking to meet with lots of people and to do a great deal of listening," said McShane. "I bring a certain set of skills from my experiences in the past, but in many ways I am a novice, and I want to learn from the experts around here across the campus. If we involve people on campus in the concept of being safe by taking some responsibility for their own safety as well, it will help us all be safe. The more eyes and ears we have, the better off we are."

Published: Feb 03, 2004
Last modified: Jan 10, 2005

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