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March 2018

ASU-Newport Hires First Full-Time Campus Police Officer for Marked Tree

Kevin Foust

For the first time in its 50-year history, Arkansas State University-Newport at Marked Tree has a full-time campus police officer and is pleased to announce the recent hiring of Officer Kevin Foust.

“I am excited about being the new Campus Police Officer for the Marked Tree campus,” said Foust. “I have spent the last 28 years in law enforcement, 22 of which were with the Jonesboro Police Department. For 15 years, I was a D.A.R.E./Public Relations officer at JPD. I hope that my previous experience working in the schools and with children will be beneficial to my new position here at ASUN. My hope is not to be just a Police Officer for this campus, but to also be an added resource, to the students and staff in other areas."

As Foust said, his position on campus is not only to put students  at ease in the event of an unlikely scenario requiring immediate police assistance, but he will be utilized as a student and employee resource, conducting regular on-campus safety trainings – similar to training conducted at other ASUN campuses – and providing on-campus security and education.

“During my short time here at ASUN the staff has been very helpful to me, as I settle into this new position,” said Foust. “I really appreciate the family type atmosphere here at the Marked Tree campus that the staff creates for the students and employees. I look forward to many years here with ASU-Newport, and being part of this family.”

Prior to the addition of Foust, the Marked Tree campus relied on the Marked Tree Police Department to cover any minor issues that have occurred on campus, and Foust’s full-time employment marks a concerted effort to ensure student safety while maintaining an on-campus a police presence.

“With safety being our number one priority, we are pleased to announce that all three ASUN campus locations now have a dedicated full-time certified police officer,” said ASUN Chancellor Dr. Sandra Massey.