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Bruce A. Lewis promoted to senior associate vice president

Bruce A. Lewis, associate vice president of the Department of Safety & Security and chief of police of Northwestern University, has recently been promoted to senior associate vice president, Craig Johnson, senior vice president for business and finance, announced May 7.

Bruce A. Lewis
Bruce A. Lewis

Lewis will continue to oversee and facilitate the University’s security and emergency operations and will continue to serve as chief of police.

In addition to his current portfolio of law enforcement services, emergency management and parking and transportation, Lewis also will now expand engagement with our affiliate healthcare providers in Chicago. 

“Bruce’s leadership and steady hand have been integral to the enhanced safety of our campuses over the last 17 years,” said Johnson. “His expanded role reflects Northwestern’s broad reach across the Chicago area, and I am confident he will bring to these new responsibilities the same dedication to service and community engagement he has always shown.”

In 2003, Bruce Lewis joined Northwestern as chief of police and in 2008 was promoted to associate vice president. His recent achievements with his team include raising community awareness to respond to critical incidents with the production of the Run-Hide-Fight training video, developing a centralized security plan on the Chicago campus for the Simpson Querrey Biomedical Research Center in collaboration with Lurie Children’s Hospital and transitioning to the AlertNU emergency notification system. 

He prioritized strengthening University Police’s partnerships through joint tactical response readiness training with Evanston and Chicago police and fire departments and collaboration with the City of Evanston to facilitate the City’s use of Northwestern’s emergency operations command center to coordinate responses to major events. 

“I am honored to serve Northwestern in this expanded leadership role,” Lewis said, “and I am proud to work with the dedicated Safety and Security team. I look forward to building upon our successes as we strive for the highest standards of professionalism and service to create an even safer environment in which our University community can learn, work and live.”

Prior to Northwestern, Lewis served as the chief of police of the University of Illinois at Chicago and at universities in Ohio and Louisiana. Lewis earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and master's degrees in criminal justice from Grambling State University and in public administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

He is currently pursuing a doctorate at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management and has completed executive education programs at Kellogg School of Management, Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, Northwestern's Center for Public Safety and the FBI's Law Enforcement Executive Development School.