Chancellor Matthew Goldstein today announced the appointment of William G. Barry to the position of University Director of Public Safety. Director Barry is a prominent expert in public safety training who served on the federal team that investigated the 1996 downing of TWA Flight 800.
He is a 1974 graduate of John Jay College of Criminal Justice of CUNY and served nearly 30 years as a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Most recently, Director Barry wasan FBI instructor in public safety and defensive tactics, before retiring earlier this year.
His appointment was approved by the University Board of Trustees following a nationwide search.
The University Director is responsible for coordinating training for more than 700 public safety officers in consultation with the 19 campus-based public safety directors. He reviews safety measures at the colleges, identifies and recommends improvements, develops “in-service” training programs for officers and provides assistance in recruiting, selecting, training and promoting officers.
A Brooklyn native, Director Barry is an Air Force veteran who served in Vietnam and was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal for Distinguished Service.
Director Barry worked on a number of high-profile investigations during his tenure with the FBI. Following the downing of TWA Flight 800 in July, 1996, Director Barry was named Security Liaison Officer to the FBI-led, multi-agency team that investigated the cause of the disaster.
His responsibilities included controlling access to the Long Island hangar where the portions of the aircraft were being re-assembled.
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