Temple names its first vice president for public safety

To the Temple community,

Following a thorough search process, I am pleased to announce that Jennifer Griffin has been selected as Temple University's inaugural vice president for public safety. The search was led by nationally regarded executive search firm Spelman Johnson.

Jennifer brings more than 20 years of high-level law enforcement experience to this role, and as a longtime adjunct professor, she possesses a deep understanding of the higher education landscape. Since 1999, she has served in several increasingly progressive roles within the Delaware State Police. In 2019, she was appointed Troop 6 commander at the rank of captain, a role she currently maintains. In addition, since 2013, Jennifer has served as an adjunct professor in the Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware, where she teaches Introduction to the Criminal Justice Systems, Problems of Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice Ethics and a seminar on policing. 

I invite you to learn more about Jennifer in this Temple news story. As I believe you will see, she brings a unique blend of education, experience, emotional intelligence, knowledge, skills and abilities needed for this newly elevated and vital role. She officially starts on Monday, August 22. 

Finally, I want to thank Denise Wilhelm, who tirelessly has served as our dedicated interim executive director of campus safety for several months. Denise managed with distinction and determination, and we look forward to her continued service within the Temple University Police Department. 


Ken Kaiser
Chief Operating Officer