The University of Texas Police Department has hired David Carter, assistant chief of the Austin Police Department, to take over the chief's position starting July 1.
University officials said the decision comes after an extensive, nationwide search.
“We were in a very fortunate situation where we had four extremely qualified finalists,” Mike Lauderdale, search committee chairman and a professor in the university's School of Social Work, said in a statement. “Chief Carter’s high level of technical and professional experience, along with his knowledge of the university and its unique needs, ultimately led us to this recommendation.”
Pat Clubb, vice president for the University Operations, said she expects the transition to go smoothly. Carter is replacing Robert Dahlstrom, who is retiring after serving five years as chief and more than three decades in law enforcement.
“Chief Carter’s vision for UTPD aligns well with the future UT Austin,” Clubb said. “His professional accomplishments and existing relations with public safety agencies give us a great deal of confidence in his ability to meet the challenges we face as a growing institution.”
Carter joined the Austin Police Department in 1985 and advanced through the department. He’s among the department’s most decorated officers.