Andrew “Andy” Black has been named chief of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Department of Public Safety. Black brings more than 30 years of public service experience, including four years as a state prosecutor and 27 years as a federal agent. He held supervisory positions within the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for 14 years, overseeing hundreds of employees and managing multimillion-dollar programs. Black also taught graduate level courses in criminal justice at Kaplan University for six years.
“It is a distinct honor to have the opportunity to serve as chief of the Department of Public Safety for the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa,” said Black. “I am proud to be joining the dedicated women and men who protect this outstanding university. I look forward to continuing their tradition of providing a safe educational and welcoming environment for all who come to our campus.”
He began his career as an assistant state’s attorney in Chicago, Illinois, and was recruited to join the Federal Bureau of Investigation after assisting with a special investigation. Upon relocating to San Francisco, Black served as a legal instructor, cyber investigator, training coordinator, spokesperson and press liaison for the FBI. In recognition of his leadership skills, he was promoted to several managerial positions, including supervisory special agent in Washington, D.C., chief of the border corruption/crimes task force in San Diego, and assistant special agent in charge in Tucson. Throughout his career with the FBI, Black has focused on protecting civil liberties and safeguarding public integrity, as well as facilitating the personal and professional development of his employees and colleagues.
Black holds a bachelor’s degree from DePaul University and a juris doctorate from Valparaiso University School of Law in Indiana. He is a licensed member of the Illinois State Bar Association. Throughout his career with the FBI, he has won numerous awards, including the FBI Outstanding Field Supervisor Award (2008) and the Director of the FBI’s High Impact Leadership Award (2015 and 2017).
Said Campus Services Director Deborah Huebler, “We enthusiastically welcome Andy Black to the UH Mānoa Department of Public Safety ’ohana. His impressive legal expertise, communication skills and dedication to public service make him an excellent fit for our unique campus environment. Andy’s outstanding leadership and team building abilities will allow him to guide DPS as it grows and changes in response to the needs of our university community.”
Black will assume the role of chief of the UH Mānoa Department of Public Safety on October 9, 2017.