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The Ohio State University Police Division welcomes new deputy chief - 05/01/15

The Ohio State University Department of Public Safety welcomed Craig Stone as its new deputy chief Friday, May 1.

Stone, who served the Columbus Division of Police with distinction for 29 years, joins The Ohio State University Police Division after one year as Cleveland State University’s director of campus safety and chief of police.

“We are thrilled to add a public safety professional of Deputy Chief Stone’s caliber to our division,” said Vernon Baisden, director of Ohio State’s Department of Public Safety. “The selection process was long and comprehensive and we believe he is the right man for the job.”

Stone replaces Deputy Chief Richard Morman, who served 28 years prior to retiring in 2014.

“We pride ourselves in hiring the best of the best,” Ohio State University Police Chief Paul Denton said. “Deputy Chief Stone’s experience overseeing a college campus like Cleveland State University adds to an already impressive career in law enforcement.”

Stone is certified as a “Gold Standard” assessor for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and served two terms as president of the State of Ohio Accreditation Resources, which represents 60 law enforcement agencies in Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia.

“I am excited to join a law enforcement agency with such an outstanding reputation and track record,” Stone said. “My number one priority will be the safety of the campus community and enhancing the efforts which already exist.”

A member of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators and the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Stone was also appointed to the Ohio Commission on African-American Males, serving two terms as commissioner.

Stone fits Ohio State’s high academic standards having earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Organizational Leadership, Cum Laude from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and a Master’s of Science in the Administration of Justice from the University of Louisville. He is a graduate of the 120th session of the Southern Police Institute’s Administrative Officers Course.