Kevin Foust has been named chief of police and director of campus security at Virginia Tech, a position he held on an interim basis since February.

Foust joined the Virginia Tech Police Department in 2011 as the deputy chief of police and assistant director of security after a 24-year career with the FBI.

“We are fortunate to have someone with Kevin’s leadership and law enforcement experience. He has the respect of the department, an excellent rapport with the university community, and very strong relationships with surrounding law enforcement agencies,” said Sherwood Wilson, vice president for administration.

As deputy chief and assistant director of security, Foust managed security operations for the university’s facilities across Virginia and overseas. In addition, he led the police department’s administrative division, which included communications, community outreach, security, and the Safe Ride program.

Foust began his career at the FBI in 1987. He served in several capacities including unit chief of the Usama Bin Laden Unit in the Counterterrorism Division. He was the supervisory senior resident agent for Southwest Virginia prior to joining the university.

Foust received two bachelor’s degrees from Grove City College.

Foust succeeds Wendell Flinchum, who retired in February after a 29-year career with the university’s police department.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.