July 29, 2009
Luther College President Richard Torgerson has named Robert Harri to the position of Luther's director of safety and security. Harri will assume his new duties at Luther in August.
Prior to accepting the security position at Luther, Harri served 23 years with the Buffalo, Minn. Police Department as a patrol officer 1986-2001, sergeant 2001-2004 and lieutenant 2004-09. As a lieutenant, he supervised more than 20 officers and staff members and was responsible for many of the department's administrative, personnel, record keeping, and case management operations.
Harri was director of security at the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minn. from 1982-88. His law enforcement career also includes service with the Howard Lake (Minn.) Police Department and the Wright County (Minn.) Sheriff's Office.
Harri currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at Concordia University in St. Paul, Minn. He teaches both online and tradition classroom courses law enforcement courses including introduction to criminal justice, and constitutional law for police officers.
Harri is a licensed peace officer in Minnesota and a registered emergency medical technician. His community service also includes two four-year terms as an elected official on the Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose School District Board of Education in Buffalo, Minn., where he helped set operational and academic policy for the district, as well as assisted in strategic planning and oversight of a $50 million budget.
A graduate of Moorhead State University in Moorhead, Minn., Harri has done graduate study toward a master's degree at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minn. He holds a certificate from Hibbing (Minn.) Area Technical Vocational School.
At Luther, Harri will supervise all areas of campus safety and security, including the department's personnel management and training, budgeting and acquisitions, and Luther Welcome Desk operations. He will be responsible for development and implementation of the colleges emergency policies and procedures.
Harri succeeds Jim Ahles who retired in May after 30 years at Luther, serving since 1980 as Luthers director of safety and security.