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Boston College Appoints John King Director of Public Safety, Chief of Police

Chestnut Hill, Mass. (6-30-10)--Boston College has named John M. King, the senior director of public and environmental safety at Tufts University, as its new director of public safety and chief of police.

John M. King

King, a career campus law enforcement professional who served as chief of campus police at Bentley University and as a lieutenant and manager of police services at Northeastern University prior to his 21-year tenure at Tufts, will assume his duties in mid August. He replaces Robert Morse, who had served as chief of police at Boston College from 1992 until his retirement in May.

In announcing the appointment, Financial Vice President and Treasurer Peter C. McKenzie praised King as an experienced police and higher education professional with a proven track record in successfully managing the safety and security needs of a university.

“John King’s 36 years of experience in a campus setting coupled with his strong commitment to community policing and its supportive role in student formation make him an ideal choice,” said McKenzie. “We look forward to having John join the BC community this summer.”

King said he viewed the appointment as a “wonderful opportunity,” and is looking forward to putting his background and experience to use in promoting safety and security at BC. “I am leaving a great institution and coming to a great institution with a long tradition of educating tomorrow’s leaders to serve society,” said King. “From the beginning, I have sensed that Boston College is going to be a great place to be. It is an exciting opportunity for me, and I am eager to get started.”

During his years at Tufts, King was responsible for developing, implementing and supervising all programs and services related to police, security, public safety, emergency planning and environmental health and safety, while overseeing 100 employees on three campuses.

While at Bentley, King directed the reorganization of the Campus Police Department, which included establishing community awareness programs and enhancing relationships with students and faculty. Previously, he served 10 years in Northeastern University’s Public Safety Division, rising in the ranks from an officer to lieutenant. He began his career in college law enforcement as a police officer at the University of Massachusetts Boston in 1974.

A graduate of Northeastern University with a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement in 1978 and a master’s degree in public administration in 1984, King received his police training at the Massachusetts State Police Academy and the Boston Police Department Regional Recruit Academy.

He is the past president of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators and of the Massachusetts Association of College and University Public Safety Directors. He has also served as a senior lecturer and adjunct faculty member at Northeastern University since 1989.

King lives in Hull with his wife, Alice, and two children.


--Jack Dunn, Office of News & Public Affairs,