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December 2001

Release Date: December 19, 2001

New Police Chief to Assume Duties at ASU in January

James E. Adams, a captain with the Baylor University Department of Public Safety for the past five years, has been named chief of police at Angelo State University, effective Jan. 14.

Michael P. Ryan, ASU's vice president for university relations and development, announced the appointment. Adams will succeed Marc L. Cossich, who resigned earlier in the year to take the position as chief of police for Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches.

Adams has 14 years of professional law enforcement experience, including seven years with Baylor, five years with the Robinson Police Department and two years with the Woodway Police Department, all in Central Texas.

He holds master peace officer certification from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement and is a graduate of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas, Temple Regional Fire Academy and the Heart of Texas Regional Police Academy.

Adams holds a bachelor's degree in behavioral science from Mary Hardin-Baylor University in Belton and an associate degree with honors in criminal justice from McLennan Community College in Waco.

In addition to his law enforcement experience, Adams spent a year at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and has served as pastor of the First Baptist Church in Abbott for the past five years. Previously, he was the pastor for three years of the First Baptist Church in Mertens and youth minister for four years of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Waco.