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Troy-LaneTroy Lane, police chief for the UT Knoxville campus, has been appointed to the dual role of associate vice chancellor for public safety and chief of police effective January 1.

As associate vice chancellor, Lane now oversees the university’s growing safety programs, including environmental health and safety and emergency management. The position reports to Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Chris Cimino.

“Chief Lane has demonstrated his ability as a leader and has the knowledge and skills to take on these additional responsibilities,” Cimino said. “Campus safety is a top priority, and this position reflects our desire to give the chief a greater role within campus leadership. Combining these functions will help further our existing initiatives and strengthen our security posture.”

Lane, who has more than nineteen years of campus law enforcement experience, was named chief of police in 2012.

“I am excited about this opportunity,” Lane said. “Combining the functions of public safety under single leadership is a growing trend in higher education that allows our varied disciplines to work toward common goals and take a more coordinated approach.”

Cimino said Lane’s promotion and new management responsibilities are a natural progression and a way to ensure continued integration of key functional areas.

“I want to commend Jeff Maples, senior associate vice chancellor for finance and administration, and the emergency management staff for their work in building a strong program. This important step would not be possible without a very strong foundation,” Cimino said.

Lane is a certified instructor in the National Incident Management System and the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation training program. He began his law enforcement career in 1988 as a military policeman in the US Army in Fort Riley, Kansas. After leaving the military in 1992, he continued working in law enforcement, and in 1996 was named assistant director of the Kansas State University Police Department. He was chief of police at the University of Wyoming before coming to UT.

Lane holds a master’s degree in criminal justice from Ft. Hays State University and a bachelor’s degree in management and ethics from Manhattan Christian College. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar. He is a director at large for the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA).

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