With his family and police and campus officials looking on, Tyrone A. Parham was formally sworn in Feb. 12 by Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy as 10th chief of the University of Massachusetts Police Department.
Parham was joined in the ceremony by his wife Precious, who pinned the badge on his uniform; his parents, Harvey and Rosemary; sons Brandon and Brian; brother Todd, and sister Tara. A third son, Bryce, was unable to attend.
Parham came to UMass Amherst from Pennsylvania State University, where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He joined the Penn State police department in 1993, rising through the ranks to chief in 2011.
Subbaswamy said Parham’s experience and success at another large university made him especially qualified to serve UMass Amherst.
Parham will also serve as assistant vice chancellor in a new combined capacity that campus official said reflects both expanded community policing duties and a greater role in campus leadership.
Enku Gelaye, vice chancellor for student affairs and campus life, called Parham a “great partner” who will work for an informed and safe campus.
‘Thanks to the chancellor and vice chancellor for showing the confidence in me to lead such a great institution,” Parham said.
The ceremony in the Mullins Center Massachusetts Room drew numerous UMPD officers and campus officials, as well as state Rep. Ellen Story of Amherst and representatives of state and Amherst police and police from area colleges.
Parham, who began his new duties on Jan. 11, praised the UMPD officers and also paid tribute to the “behind the scenes” members of the department: the dispatchers, student residence hall security and cadets. “We’ve got a lot of good things going on,” he said. “I’m looking forward to a long career here.”
Parham replaces John K. Horvath, who left in May to become chief of police in Rockport.
Deputy Chief Patrick Archbald served as interim chief.