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Andrew Bowen named interim chief of NMSU police

Deputy Police Chief Andrew Bowen, a 19-year veteran with New Mexico State University’s Police Department, has been named interim chief of the department effective December 21, 2020 by NMSU President John Floros. A search committee headed by Renay Scott, NMSU Vice President for Student Success, reviewed all applications and made recommendations.

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Andrew Bowen has been named interim NMSU police chief effective Dec. 21, 2020. (NMSU photo)

Another search will be conducted after the pandemic is over to find a permanent replacement for Chief Stephen Lopez, who is retiring after more than 33 years with the department.

“Chief Lopez had a stellar career at NMSU and he will be missed. Our best wishes for success will follow him as he continues his education at NMSU and his other future endeavors,” Floros said.

Bowen currently serves as deputy chief, managing and directing the Field Services Division of the NMSU Police Department. Bowen develops and implements the yearly budget, serves as the primary public information officer for the department and provides press releases and information to the media and community.

“Andy has the experience, skills and ability to guide the department through a smooth transition, while securing the safety and well being of all Aggies during these difficult times,” Floros said.

“From my experience with both the NMSU Police and Fire Departments, I am aware that providing police services on a university campus is a unique and challenging task, especially during these trying times,” Bowen said. “I am prepared for this challenge and honored to serve the university as interim police chief.”

Bowen has a master of science degree in criminal justice and leadership management and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the FBI Command College and International Chiefs of Police Association Leadership in Police Organizations.