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Photo of Major Paul Lester.Chancellor Franklin Gilliam announced this news to the campus community earlier this week:

Major Paul Lester has been named as the new chief of police at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has 29 years of law enforcement experience. In 1993, he began his career at UNCG as a patrol officer with the Police Department. He worked his way up the ranks and was promoted to major in 2010.

Paul Lester received a bachelor of arts degree in 2002 from UNCG and is also a graduate of the FBI Academy. He holds certifications in Advance Law Enforcement, North Carolina Law Enforcement Training and Standards, Computer Forensics, Advanced Criminal Investigations, Internal Affairs Investigations, Sexual Assault Investigations, Threat Assessment Investigations, Clery Compliance and Title IX.

He will assume his leadership role on March 1, 2016. We are both proud of his accomplishments and excited about his continued contribution to the UNCG campus community.

I want to thank the search committee for attracting an outstanding pool of candidates from around the region and for its role in recruiting Incoming-Chief Lester. I’d also like to extend a sincere thank you to the Greensboro and Guilford County Police Departments; and the faculty, staff and students who participated in this very important search.

Our incoming chief succeeds Chief Jamie Herring, who retired last fall after a 30-year law enforcement career at the university. A big thank you to Associate Vice Chancellor for Safety and Risk Management Rollin Donelson for serving in the interim.

Please join me in congratulating and welcoming Paul Lester as UNCG’s new chief of police.

Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr.

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