St. John's University taps former deputy NYPD commissioner as vice-provost of its Staten Island campus

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The new mayor, Bill de Blasio, and his choice of William Bratton as his police commissioner, proved a blessing in disguise for native Staten Islander James (Jim) O'Keefe.

It paved the way for his Dec. 31 retirement as a deputy commissioner of the NYPD, he said, and his appointment Jan. 1 as vice provost and chief academic officer for the Staten Island campus of St. John's University. "I traded one hat for another," O'Keefe explained.

Actually, O'Keefe, who has a doctorate degree in criminal justice administration, is a tenured associate professor and former associate dean at St. John's, who is returning to academia after a two-year-leave of absence to serve as NYPD deputy commissioner under former Commissioner Ray Kelly.

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