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Moravian University announces V. Harrison Dillard as new Chief of Police


V. Harrison Dillard

Dillard brings 25 years of law enforcement and community-building experience to the Moravian campus

Bethlehem, PA, December 2, 2021: Today, Moravian University announced that after a nationwide search they’ve selected V. Harrison Dillard as the new Chief of Police, replacing Chief Richard Blake who left Moravian earlier this year. Dillard brings 25 years of law enforcement experience to Moravian, retiring at the rank of Captain from the Morris County (New Jersey) Prosecutor’s Office in 2020. A graduate of Rutgers University, Dillard is also a U.S. Army Veteran serving in Bosnia during Operation Joint Endeavor and in Germany.

“I am very excited to welcome V. Harrison Dillard to Moravian to lead our campus police department,” said Dr. Nicole Loyd, executive vice president for university life and dean of students at Moravian University. “His experience not only in law enforcement, but in building communities and leading diversity and equity initiatives make him the ideal choice for this role. I look forward to working side-by-side with Chief Dillard to support campus safety initiatives for students, faculty, staff and our neighbors in Bethlehem.” 

In addition to Dillard’s law enforcement and military experience he acts as the ​​Chairperson of the Civil Rights and Diversity Committee of the New Jersey Chapter of NOBLE (National Organization of Black Law Enforcement executives), is the founder and president of the NAACP Chapter in Hunterdon County, NJ, acts as special advisor to the president to the Muslim American Law Enforcement Association (MALEA) and is the co-owner of Synergy Consulting and Training Group which specializes in bias incident reduction and mitigation.

“With Harrison as our Chief of Police, I think our campus not only gets a leader in law enforcement, but our local region will benefit from his profound experience in community building,” said Dr. G. Christopher Hunt, vice president and dean for equity and inclusion at Moravian University. “I know the students he met during his visit to campus were excited about his candidacy, which I think demonstrates his ability to make interpersonal connections.”

“We’re looking forward to welcoming Chief Dillard to the campus police department here at Moravian,” said ​​Lt. Thomas Appleman of the Moravian University Police Department. “His experience speaks for itself, and I think his background is an ideal fit for the university and the entire campus community.”

V. Harrison Dillard will officially begin his tenure as Moravian University’s Chief of Police on January 3, 2022.

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About Moravian University
Moravian University is the nation's sixth-oldest university, located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees that blend liberal arts with professional programs. For more than 275 years, the Moravian University degree has been preparing students for reflective lives, fulfilling careers, and transformative leadership in a world of change. Moravian University is a member of The New American Colleges and Universities (NAC&U), a national consortium of selective, small to mid-size independent colleges and universities dedicated to the purposeful integration of liberal education, professional studies, and civic engagement. Visit to learn more about how the Moravian University focus on education for all prepares its students for life-long success.