The University of Utah has named Marlon C. Lynch as the university’s first chief safety officer. Lynch assumes his new role Feb. 1 and comes to the UofU from New York University, where he has been senior vice president for campus services and safety. The Presidential Task Force on Campus Safety recommended this summer that the university hire a chief safety officer with responsibility, oversight and coordination of all campus safety initiatives. In addition to ov erseeing campus-wide safety programs, Lynch will supervise the Department of Public Safety. Lynch’s experience also includes serving as the associate vice president for safety and security and civic affairs at the University of Chicago; serving as the police chief at Vanderbilt University, University of North Carolina at Charlotte and North Carolina A&T State University; and serving as an officer with the Meridian Township Police Department in Okemos, Michigan.