James P. Lynch, director of the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics during the Obama administration, will leave in January to head the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland. Lynch earlier had served as a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and before that at The American University in Washington, D.C.
Before joining BJS, Lynch had taken part in a review of the agency by a National Academy of Sciences expert panel, which concluded that the renowned National Crime Victimization Survey “falls short of the vibrant measure of annual change in crime that was envisioned at the survey's outset” back in the 1970s. Lynch has spent time at BJS working on changes in the survey, which is considered by many to be the most definitive measure of crime in the United States.
For more on Lynch’s work at BJS, see this earlier article in The Crime Report, http://www.thecrimereport.org/news/inside-criminal-justice/measuring-crime