CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State University has selected Suzanne "Suzy" Tannenbaum to be its new director of public safety.

Tannenbaum, a public safety lieutenant at the Oregon Health & Science University since 2014, starts at OSU on July 20.

"I am honored and humbled to be selected as the director of public safety at Oregon State University," she said. "I have enjoyed my time at OHSU Department of Public Safety, learning as we have grown the police department, having worked with some of the finest officers and staff.

"With 24-plus years of law enforcement and public safety experience as a foundation, I am well equipped to take on this new and exciting challenge. I look forward to working with the wonderful students, dedicated men and women within the department, the fine staff and professionals at OSU, our department partners, and the OSU community at large. I know together we will make Oregon State University a safer place to study, work, play and live."

Tannenbaum will report to Mike Green, OSU's interim vice president for finance and administration.

"I am very pleased that Suzy Tannenbaum will be Oregon State University's new director of public safety," Green said. "Her many years of experience in the public safety arena along with her vision for this important role and the university's Department of Public Safety will enable her to lead in effective and transformative ways for the Oregon State community."

In her role at OHSU, Tannenbaum had public safety oversight of three campuses, as well as university facilities throughout Oregon. She oversaw all aspects of public safety management from hiring and training, to campus safety assessments and community education and outreach.

Prior to working at OHSU, she was director of campus safety at Clackamas Community College and an instructor and administrator at the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training police academy. She also held numerous positions with the Marion County Sheriff's Office, including deputy, school resource officer, detective, Drug Enforcement Administration task force agent working undercover and patrol supervisor.

Born and raised in Oregon and a third-generation Oregon law enforcement officer, Tannenbaum received a bachelor's degree in criminology from Southern Oregon State College (now Southern Oregon University) and her Certificate of Public Management from Willamette University's Atkinson Graduate School of Management.

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Sean Nealon, 541-737-0787