Following this morning's announcement
that Ronal Serpas
has retired as chief of the New Orleans Police Department, Loyola University New Orleans
has announced that Serpas will join the school's department of criminal justice.
Serpas was a member of Loyola's faculty from 1993 to 2001. His return is a replacement position made available through staff openings made under attrition within the school's department. Serpas — who holds a doctorate in urban studies from the University of New Orleans — was formerly chief of the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department and chief of the Washington State Patrol. He began his career at NOPD in 1980 and was appointed assistant superintendent of police and the first chief of operations in 1996.
In a statement, Loyola Provost and vice president for academic affairs Marc K. Manganaro
welcomed Serpas to the staff.
“Having such a well-respected law enforcement leader as a faculty member in the Department of Criminal Justice will serve our students well in offering a forward-thinking, hands-on education that connects the classroom to the many exciting careers in criminal justice,” he said. “We welcome Chief Serpas to the next phase of his career.”
In a statement, criminal justice department chair William E. Thornton
said Serpas is "recognized for his management and administrative skill in what is known as the ‘new paradigm’ in law enforcement management and policing. We are very excited about him joining the faculty.”