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Eileen Behr Named VP of Public Safety

Eileen Behr has been permanently appointed to the position of vice president of public safety in addition to her role as director of police operations, Executive Vice President Helen Bowman announced on February 16. Behr has served as interim vice president since July 2015. She joined Drexel in 2014.

"This is one of the most important leadership positions at Drexel,” Bowman wrote in a message to faculty and professional staff, "because the University relies on the Department of Public Safety and Drexel Police to create a safe learning, working and living environment for our students, employees and neighbors."

In her message, Bowman cited a fall in crime in Drexel’s patrol area by 25 percent in the most recent statistical year, as well as the repeat accreditation accorded by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies to both Drexel Police and the Public Safety Communications Center. Drexel is the only university to receive double recognition from CALEA.

Behr joined Drexel after serving as sheriff of Montgomery County, Pa. She was the first woman to hold that position. Before that, she spent 8 years as chief of police in Whitemarsh Township, Pa., the culmination of a 34-year career with the Whitemarsh Police Department. Under her command, the department became a fully accredited police agency. She also served as assistant emergency management director and a member of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Task Force.

Chief Behr is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Police Executive Training Program. She is a member of the criminal justice advisory board of Montgomery County Community College, the board of the Montgomery County Correctional Facility and the management board for "Mission Kids" Montgomery County Child Advocacy Center.