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Release Date: Friday, May 2, 2014 2:49 PM
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Sholnn Freeman
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Howard University Names New Police Chief
Brian K. Jordan

WASHINGTON (February 7, 2014) – After a nationwide search, Howard University has named Brian K. Jordan (B.A. ’82) the university’s new police chief and executive director for safety and security. Jordan has 27 years of law enforcement experience with the District of Columbia’s Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

“We are thrilled to have such a talented individual such as Mr. Jordan join the Howard University family,” said Artis Hampshire-Cowan, Howard University’s chief operating officer. “He brings decades of experience to his new role and has a solid reputation throughout the region. We are excited about this new possibility to further improve our campus community.” 

Jordan previously served as an MPD assistant police chief and in other executive leadership roles in the department. His experience ranges from operational and administrative aspects of policing, including patrol operations, internal and external investigations, managing organizational change and responding to and addressing homeland security threats. Jordan earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 1982.

“I am honored to be selected as the new police chief for Howard University,” Jordan said.  “Our goal will be to continue to make the Howard campus a safe place for our students, faculty and staff. I am committed to leading an efficient, well-managed department that is rooted in service to the University community.”

Jordan replaces Leroy K. James who retired in December after six years overseeing the department. During his tenure, James implemented several safety and security measures, increased public safety personnel, launched multiple security technology projects and enhanced training of officers.

“We thank Chief James for his loyal dedication and commitment to Howard University,” Hampshire-Cowan added “Today, our campus is a much safer environment, enabling our students to excel and thrive in their academic endeavors.”


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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