Jeremy Travis, a former deputy police commissioner in New York City, has been named president of John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York. Travis will succeed Gerald W. Lynch, head of the school since 1977, who is retiring.
Travis, 55, graduated from Yale University, and earned a master’s degree in public administration and a law degree from New York University. He is a senior fellow at the Urban Institute in Washington. The New York Times notes that he has worked to promote police reforms in Northern Ireland, and focused on issues including crime control policy, policing reform, and crime measurement. He led a campaign that raised $8 million for a national research program on prisoners returning to society.
In New York City, he was an adviser to Mayor Edward I. Koch from 1986 to 1989, and he was deputy commissioner for legal matters in the New York City Police Department from 1990 to 1994. He returned to Washington in 1994 to become director of the National Institute of Justice, the research arm of the Justice Department.
Lynch, who joined John Jay in 1966 as an instructor in psychology, was praised by CUNY officials for building the college’s “national record of preparing students for careers in law enforcement and public safety.” John Jay is the only liberal arts college in the U.S. devoted exclusively to criminal justice, fire safety, and other law enforcement service majors.