Dr. Robert B. Sloan, President of Houston Baptist University, administered the oath of office to HBU’s new Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety, John J. Karshner. Karshner becomes the fourth Chief of Police for the department, and embodies the University’s ongoing commitment to leadership in providing a safe learning and work environment. Karshner, an alumna of the HBU MLA program, retired in 2010 after three decades with the Houston Police Department, and was last assigned to the Criminal Intelligence Division specializing in organized crime, gangs, financial crimes, and for gathering intelligence and monitoring events and activities that posed a threat to the community, to include terrorism.
His family had 65 years of continuous police service as his father, John F. Karshner, was a Cleveland, Ohio police officer from 1945 until he retired on the night his son was sworn in as a Houston police officer.
Mr. Karshner is a licensed police instructor by the Texas Commission of Law Enforcement (TCOLE), was an adjunct instructor at the Houston police academy for seventeen years and, for twelve years, was an adjunct instructor of American History at Lone Star College’s Kingwood campus.
He joined Houston Baptist University in 2015 as the Director of Emergency and Risk Management. Besides University staff, the service was attended by members of Karshner’s family; his wife Rose, and daughters Rachel and Sophie.