James Miyashiro
James Miyashiro

After a nationwide search James Miyashiro has been appointed as the chief of police at the University of New Mexico.

Miyashiro has 29 years of experience, most recently as the chief of police at Riverside Community College District Police Department in Riverside, Calif. where he supervised police department and parking employees. He has had experience in developing training programs, policies and procedures, and in analyzing security and safety issues.

Executive Vice President David Harris says that given Chief Miyashiro’s extensive background in municipal and university police, he will be a perfect fit in this urban environment. Harris also said he was pleased that “the field of candidates in this search was an exceptional group.”

“I am excited to come to a great university,” said Miyashiro. “I like the rich history and diversity of the area. It looks like an outstanding place to be.”

“Campus safety is a primary concern for all of us at UNM, so attracting someone with Chief Miyashiro’s depth and range of experience is a great accomplishment for us,” President Robert G. Frank said. “We are thrilled he will be a part of our community.”

Miyashiro holds a bachelor’s degree in management from the University of Phoenix, an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Golden West College, as well as several FEMA certifications. His statement of qualifications indicates he has strong grant writing skills and has worked extensively with budgets during his career. He also holds commercial driver's and pilot's licenses. He starts at UNM on June 30.

Miyashiro replaces Kathy Guimond, who is retiring from UNM after serving as police chief for 18 years.