R. Bruce McBride has served more than 40 years in higher education, both as a professor and an administrator. With four years of experience as a police officer, he began his career as an assistant professor of Criminal Justice at the State University of New York, College of Technology at Utica/Rome. In 1985, he moved to Utica College of Syracuse University, where he taught undergraduate courses in criminal justice administration and directed the internship program.
In 1987, Dr. McBride accepted the position of assistant vice chancellor for University Life and University Police at the State University of New York System Administration. During a 14-year tenure, he initiated a state-wide police training program for recruit, supervisory, and in-service personnel, revised various hiring standards, and served as part of a team that changed the legal status of officers from peace officer to police officer.
In 2000, he resumed teaching at Utica College until 2012, when he returned to the State University System at the request of senior administrators, serving as the Commissioner of police. In this capacity, Commissioner McBride coordinated law enforcement operations for 28 university police departments in various areas, including recruitment and training, operational policies, employee relations, and campus safety standards.
McBride holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree in History, as well as a Master of Science degree and a Doctor of Education degree in Education Administration and Policy Studies. He was appointed by Governor Cuomo in 2015 to serve on the Bureau for Municipal Police Training Council, which coordinates training standards for all law enforcement agencies in New York state.