New AVP for Public Safety Division

TAMPA, Fla. (July 13, 2009) – The University of South Florida has appointed Alana M. Ennis assistant vice president for public safety. She takes charge of the division which includes the University Police Department, security, emergency operations, parking enforcement and related services effective August 3, 2009.


Ennis has served at two major universities, as director of public safety at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and as Chief of Police at Duke University.


She also has worked as senior manager of crisis management for the global security office of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu.  As a private contractor, her clients included General Dynamics and U.S. Investigative Security Services in Charlotte, NC.


“Ms. Ennis comes to USF with a long and successful history working in law enforcement with a strong background in crisis management,” said Associate Vice President of Human Resources Sandy Lovins, who chaired the search committee. “Her comprehensive experience makes her uniquely suited to guide the emergency response structure at USF as well as add force to our commitment to maintaining a safe environment.”


Lovins will serve as the acting AVP of public safety until Ennis starts in August.


Ennis holds a bachelor’s degree from Stratford College and an M.P.A. from North Carolina State University, Raleigh. She also attended the Senior Management Institute for Police in Andover, MA and the Harvard University Management Development Program.


“I welcome the opportunity to return to the academic world,” said Ennis. “I have created positive change in the agencies where I’ve worked and I have a strong belief in developing the talent within those organizations. I’m looking forward to bringing my knowledge and skills and my passion for the field of public safety to USF.”


The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded more than $360 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2007/2008. The university offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The university has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 46,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.