Associate Vice President of Public Safety
Hans Rhynhart is the Associate Vice President of Public Safety and Chief of Police for the University of Connecticut.
As Associate Vice President, Chief Rhynhart is responsible for the leadership, strategic planning and oversight of over 250 employees located within the Fire Department, Fire Marshal and Building Inspectors Office, Office of Emergency Management, Emergency Communications and Environmental Health & Safety, as well as the Police Department.
As Chief of Police, Chief Rhynhart is responsible for the day-to-day supervision and leadership of 107 sworn police personnel and operations covering UConn’s main campus in Storrs and UConn Health Center in Farmington, as well as 5 regional campuses located throughout Connecticut. Chief Rhynhart was hired at UConn as a patrol officer in 2001 and was promoted through the ranks having served as Patrol Section Commanding Officer, Detective Bureau Supervisor and Narcotics Unit Supervisor. He was appointed Associate Vice President and Chief of Police in 2016.
Chief Rhynhart received the 2004 State of Connecticut Tolland Judicial District State’s Attorney Police Officer of the Year award. He is a double alum of UConn where he received his Bachelor of Science in Environment Science and Master of Science in Human Resources Management. In addition, he is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s 12-week National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
As a University public safety official and executive, Chief Rhynhart develops and fosters a variety partnerships that cross all functions of the University. Included in these valuable working partnerships are leaders from Student Affairs, Facilities, University Communications, Athletics, University Planning, Design & Construction, and Office of the General Counsel, among many other departments.