GVSU names director of public safety


Renee Freeman, a GVSU alum, is sworn in as the school’s director of public safety. Courtesy GVSU

Grand Valley State University has named an alum its director of public safety.

Renee Freeman began her law enforcement career at the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety and went on to spend 27 years there, working her way up to lieutenant.

Freeman has also spent 14 years working as an adjunct faculty member with GVSU’s Police Academy, serving as an assistant director of the academy for one year.

She is a certified fire officer with the Michigan Office of Firefighter Training and certified medical first responder with the Michigan Department of Community Health.

Freeman’s son, Seth, made her new title official when he pinned her badge on her chest at her swearing-in ceremony last month.

“I am very excited for this new opportunity,” Freeman said. “I feel blessed and privileged to be here, and I look forward to working with the department and the students, faculty and staff at Grand Valley.”

Freeman earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from GVSU in 2004.

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