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Randall T. Nichols Named Bowdoin Director of Safety and Security

Story posted July 26, 2005

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Maine State Police Major Randall T. Nichols will assume the post of Bowdoin Director of Safety and Security on September 1, 2005.

Randall T. Nichols of Gardiner, Maine, has been named Director of Safety and Security at Bowdoin College. Currently a major commanding the Maine State Police Operations Division in Augusta, Nichols replaces Bruce Boucher, who is now chief of police in Rockland. Nichols will assume his new role on September 1, 2005.

"With his many years of experience and accomplishment in Maine law enforcement, Randy is highly qualified to lead our Safety and Security Department," said S. Catherine Longley, Bowdoin's senior vice president for finance and administration and treasurer. "In addition to his energetic and effective leadership skills, Randy brings with him a strong background in community relations. We are confident he will be an exceptional representative in the College's partnerships with the town, the state and the region."

As Bowdoin's director of safety and security, Nichols will support all campus programs relating to the welfare and safety of students, faculty and staff, and provide leadership, strategic planning and administrative direction for the department. He will oversee a staff of 20 full-time and nine part-time employees, and manage a budget of $850,000. He will also work cooperatively with the community and local law enforcement, and serve as Bowdoin's liaison with federal, state and local officials.

Nichols attended the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Waterville, and earned his bachelor of science degree, cum laude, in Public Administration at the University of Maine-Augusta (UMA).

His 27 years with the Maine State Police has included 14 years of supervisory and management experience, with a strong emphasis on interagency and community relations. He served ten years as Maine Turnpike troop commander, and five years as director of community relations for the Maine State Police, developing highway safety, crime prevention, and recruitment programs. A lifelong advocate for public safety issues, he helped develop S.A.F.E. (Strategic Area Focused Enforcement), a State Police initiative to reduce fatal crashes; and SAFEGuard, a state-county-local police-parent partnership to protect teen drivers.

Nichols is president of the UMA branch of Pi Alpha Alpha, the national honor society of public affairs/administration and is a member of UMA's public administration program advisory board. He has also been active in community affairs, having served on several boards and committees.

Nichols and his wife, Mary, live in Gardiner with their son, Ian, age 14. The couple's daughter, Sarah, attends the University of New England.

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