By JENNIFER WADE
Kevin Foust was named chief of police and director of campus security for Virginia Tech on Tuesday, Foust has held the position on an interim basis since February.
Foust joined the Virginia Tech Police Department in 2011 as the deputy chief of police and assistant director of security after spending 24 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
“We are fortunate to have someone with Kevin’s leadership and law enforcement experience,” said Sherwood Wilson, vice president for administration. “He has the respect for the department, an excellent rapport with the university community, and very strong relationships with surrounding law enforcement agencies.”
As deputy chief and assistant director of security, Foust managed security operations of the university’s facilities across Virginia and overseas. He also led the police department’s administration division, which included communications, community outreach, security, and the Safe Ride program.
Foust began his career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1987. He served in several capacities including unit chief of the Usama Bin laden Unit in the Counterterrorism Division. He was the supervisory senior resident agent for Southwest Virginia prior to joining the university.
Foust has two Bachelor’s Degrees from Grove City College. He succeeds Wendell Flinchum, who retired in February after 29 years with the university’s police department.