UMSL’s New Director of Institutional Safety

Congratulations to Dan Freet, the new Director of Institutional Safety!  Dan’s selection was the result of a search led by Sharon Johnson, Dean of the School of Social Work.  Dan replaces Forrest Van Ness, who retired in May, and will oversee Campus Police as well as Parking and Transportation.

Prior to joining UMSL in 2013, Dan gained more than 27 years of law enforcement experience while working for the St. Louis County Police in progressively advancing positions.  At UMSL, Dan has led the successful implementation of the Building Emergency and Safety Teams (BEST) program, and has served as Captain in charge of Police Operations.

During his time here, Dan has earned a well-deserved reputation as an expert in safety and emergency preparedness.  He has also demonstrated an ability to work well with numerous groups and individuals on issues of importance to the campus.

Dan is married to Sue, a Nurse Manager, and they have two sons and a daughter.  One is a Language Specialist, another is an Engineer, and one will enter the police academy this fall.  Dan’s hobbies include tending their horses, chickens and other animals at their rural home, antiquing and reading.

When asked what he enjoyed most about UMSL, and what he looks forward to about his new position, Dan replied, “I enjoy UMSL due to the amazing teamwork between departments – it’s a truly collaborative place that wants the best for the students.  I am excited to increase our outreach to the students, faculty and staff so as to help them stay safe and feel safe while on campus.  I also intend to continue the high level of cooperation we enjoy with the campus at large.  Our main focus is safety followed by our desire to serve.”

If you have not had the chance to meet Dan Freet, please look for the upcoming Campus Police Open House this fall!  HR Update will announce the date as soon as it is available.

HR is excited that Dan was selected as the Director of IS, and we look forward to continued collaboration with UMSL’s outstanding Campus Police, and Parking & Transportation departments.