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Jace Smith named new Director of Public Safety at PCC

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Portland Community College has announced the appointment of Jace Smith as the Director of Public Safety, effective January 29, 2024. With an extensive background spanning non-profits, private sector, NGOs, and government agencies, Smith brings a wealth of experience and leadership to his new role.

He said he is excited to join the college and further strengthen the public safety effort.

“I applied to PCC because I love Oregon and the position seemed a good fit for my skills, talents, and experience,” he said. “There is an opportunity to build on the work that has already been done and to serve a new community.” 

Jace Smith.

Jace Smith.

Smith’s career highlights include leadership positions in police departments, teaching at colleges and universities, and notable contributions to public safety and law enforcement. His most recent role was as the Public Safety Senior Director of Patrol Operations at Broward College, where he oversaw more than 70 employees across seven cities and 11 sites, focusing on patrol operations, crime prevention, community engagement, and training.

Prior to Broward College, Smith served as the Chief Public Safety Officer at Lane Community College in Eugene, holding the role for eight years. His responsibilities included serving as the Director of Emergency Management and making significant contributions to the college community’s safety and security.

A certified Terrorism Liaison Officer, Smith has taught at the Lane County Sheriff’s Academy and possesses eight years of experience as a USAF Reserves medic. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a specialization in National Security Policy Studies from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree in Public Policy (Foreign Policy and Technology, Energy, and the Environment) from the University of Minnesota.

At Portland Community College, Smith will focus on enhancing the safety of the educational environment, maintaining a visible presence on campus properties, and strengthening relationships with college staff, students, and visitors. His diverse skill set and commitment to public safety make him a valuable addition to the college community.

“Jace Smith is incredibly enthusiastic about joining Portland Community College and is eager to contribute his expertise and passion to bolster our commitment to Public Safety at PCC,” said Eric Blumenthal, Executive Vice President of PCC’s Administration & Finance.

for more info on PCC’s Public Safety Department, visit: https://www.pcc.edu/public-safety/about-us/

About James Hill

James G. Hill, an award-winning journalist and public relations writer, is the Director of Public Relations at Portland Community College. A graduate of Portland State University, James has worked as a section editor for the Newberg Graphic... more »