Penn State chief leaving for U of Massachusetts

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 6, 2016 9:56 AM

A Penn State student walks in the rain past Old Main on the Penn State main campus in State College, Pa., Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

(State College) -- Penn State's police chief is resigning to take a similar job at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. 

Chief Tyrone Parham will surrender his badge at 5:00 p.m. today.  

He starts his new job on Monday and will be chief of police/assistant vice chancellor at the New England school. 

Parham was an undergrad at Penn State before he was hired as an officer on the school's police force in 1993.

He worked his way through the ranks and was promoted to chief of Penn State's Police & Public Safety in April 2011. 

Parham says the new job offers a "huge promotion'' with "more administrative opportunities, a chance to grow.'' 

Amherst is the flagship campus of UMass, with nearly 30,000 students.

He'll oversee 61 officers.

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