Olin Resigns as Director of Security/Internal Controls at Kansas Athletics

July 25, 2011


Former Lawrence Police Chief Ron Olin, who has served as Kansas Athletics’ Director of Security/Internal Controls since Sept. 2010, has resigned his position effective at the end of this month.

“I was asked to evaluate Kansas Athletics’ internal controls, policies and procedures, to identify weaknesses and suggest improvements,” Olin said. “Since Day One I’ve been trying to work myself out of a job. I’ve done what I was asked to do and now, as a new school year is about to begin, I think it’s the perfect time to step aside and offer my services as a consultant.”

“Ron Olin is a widely respected expert in his field,” KU Athletics Director Sheahon Zenger said. “Kansas Athletics benefitted from his service over the course of this past year. We wish him well in his future endeavors and appreciate his on-going commitment to Kansas Athletics and the Lawrence community.”

Olin served as Lawrence’s chief of police from December 1987 until his retirement last summer, after serving the police department in various roles since November 1971. He has held an appointed position on the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s Committee on Terrorism since 1998. In that role he participated in police missions to Ireland, Northern Ireland, Israel and Switzerland.

He has also been a consultant to law enforcement agencies and corporations on police and emergency response.

Olin has spent a considerable amount of time in university life. He has taught several courses at the University of Kansas since 1975. He also taught criminal justice at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence from 1995-2006.

A 1975 graduate of the University of Kansas, Olin earned a Master’s of Administration of Justice from Wichita State University, Overland Park, Kan., in 1977. He also earned a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from KU in 1983.