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Penn State Chief Of Police Resigning After Two Years On The Job

Penn State Police Chief Keith Morris has announced his resignation after just two years at the post, effective February 28. Morris is resigning to “pursue other professional opportunities” and spend more time with his family.

“As a Penn State alumnus, I have truly valued my time at Penn State, and while this is the right decision for me, I will always be grateful for the opportunity I had to serve as a law enforcement leader at Penn State, a world-class institution with a police agency known for its professionalism,” Morris said in a release.

After serving as the chief of the Allentown Police Department, Morris was appointed chief of police at University Park in 2017. He also served on university president Eric Barron’s Greek-life response team.

Morris oversaw 22 campuses and led about 50 sworn officers as chief of police operations, a position he assumed in 2018. The university has launched a nation-wide search for his successor.

“I understand why Keith has made this difficult decision, and I’m grateful for the contributions and leadership he has provided the department over the last two years,” Charlie Noffsinger, assistant vice president for university police and public safety, said in a release.

Individual units of University Police across Penn State’s campuses merged into one cohesive department in 2017, which is currently headed by Noffsinger. Morris’ resignation comes shortly after the union for Penn State police expressed a “vote of no confidence” in Noffsinger this fall, but the university has remained supportive of his leadership.

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Janelle Rothacker

Currently a senior studying Kinesiology, Janelle is proud to call upstate NY (the real part, not the 30 minutes north of the city part) home. She's an avid runner and enjoys everything and anything sports. She also has a love of pancakes, avoids the HUB like the plague during the in between classes rush, and can quote the majority of Friends episodes from memory. If you want to hear all the embarrassing things she does daily, or want to contact her, follow her on twitter at @janellerothack or email her at [email protected].

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