Bob Roberts, chief of WVU Police, was named national chief of the year by the National Association of Campus Safety Administrators.\r\n\r\nRoberts \u201cis a proven leader with the ability to use logic and reason to solve today\u2019s problems facing police in higher educational settings,\u201d the association said in announcing the award in the \u201csworn officer\u201d category. \u201cHe has displayed a propensity to be fair and balanced when directing his staff to achieve the goals set for successful police service.\u201d\r\nThe association also praised his \u201cdedication to the community, exemplary performance as a police chief and service to public safety in higher education.\u201d\r\n\u201cThis is a well-deserved honor,\u201d WVU President Gordon Gee said. \u201cUnder his leadership, West Virginia University has become recognized as one of the safest college campuses in the country. He is a student-centered leader \u2014 and that makes him and our department extremely effective.\u201d\r\nRoberts joined UPD 33 years ago and was named chief in 1990.\r\n\r\n\u201cI\u2019m honored by this recognition by my peers,\u201d Roberts said. \u201cI take great pride in the professionalism we have developed over the years, and the relationship we have with our students.\r\n\r\n\u201cA college campus is a special place, and it is a great responsibility to create a safe space where our students can learn, but also enjoy this special time in their life,\u201d he said.