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The Board of Trustees of Oakton Community College has named Dale Gustafson the school’s next chief of public safety and emergency management administration.

Gustafson, now director of campus safety and security for Trinity Christian College, begins work at Oakton Monday, Nov. 9.

“I am very excited to welcome Dale to Oakton,” said Vice President for Business and Finance Bob Nowak said in a statement. “Having served in many capacities in public safety, ranging from patrol officer to chief of police as well as director of campus safety and security at the collegiate level, I know that Dale brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will serve to keep Oakton’s students, faculty, staff, and visitors safe.”

Gustafson was chief of the Berkeley Police Department and in positions ranging from patrol officer to deputy chief in Homewood. He is an adjunct faculty member at the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety, Northeast Multi-Regional Training, and Prairie State College.

“I am looking forward to working with everyone at Oakton,” Gustafson said. “I’ve been very fortunate throughout my career to have worked with many talented people, and I plan on bringing those experiences to Oakton where I can continue to expand on what I have learned with my counterparts and the men and women of the Department of Public Safety.”

Gustafson earned bachelors’ degrees in criminal justice and business management from Calumet College of St. Joseph, and a master’s degree in corrections and criminal justice from Chicago State University. He has completed the Northwestern University Police Staff and Command Program, the Northwestern University Executive Management Leadership Program for Public Safety and the FBI Midwest Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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