LU selects Goodrich to head university police
Lamar University has selected Jason Goodrich, a 16-year law enforcement veteran, as chief of police, officials announced today. Goodrich will begin his duties Sept. 13.
“We are very pleased to bring Chief Goodrich to Lamar University,” said Gregg Lassen, vice president for finance and operations. “He brings tremendous qualifications and experience to the position as well as a keen knowledge of policing in the university environment.
“We believe he will be able to build on the successes of his predecessor as Lamar continues to provide a safe learning and living community for our students, employees and visitors,” Lassen said. “We are fortunate to bring a leader of his caliber to campus.”
Goodrich, who holds a B.A. in criminal justice from the University of Arkansas, is captain for the Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he supervises 30 police officers and 20 community service officers. With Vanderbilt since 2007, Goodrich has served in several capacities, including field supervisor, special operations commander and professional standards commander. He is pursuing a master’s degree in conflict management at Lipscomb University, Nashville, Tenn.
From 2005 to 2007, Goodrich served as chief of police and director of safety for Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, Ind., where he supervised a staff of nine. Before joining IU, Goodrich served as a law enforcement management specialist for the University of Arkansas Criminal Justice Institute. From 2000 to 2004, Goodrich was police chief of Southern Arkansas University. From 1995 to 2000, he was with the department as a police officer, criminal investigator and sergeant.
Goodrich has completed more than 1,500 hours of certified law enforcement training including Northwestern University Center for Public Safety’s School of Police Staff and Command, an FBI regional command college, crisis negotiations, highway interdiction and DEA drug investigation. He has also taught management courses in law enforcement and has served as an adjunct professor at Southern Arkansas University and Harding University.