SOUTH BEND — The New York Police Department spokesman who's faced criticism for his actions has been named vice president for public affairs at the University of Notre Dame, according to The Associated Press.
The university announced today that Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne will oversee developing and implementing its communications strategy starting Aug. 19.
Critics of Browne have said he withholds public records, sometimes compromises the truth and plays favorites with the media. In 2011 he denied the existence of a secret surveillance program targeting Muslims that AP later obtained documents detailing its work.
Defenders describe him as tireless and a trusty spokesman.
Notre Dame president the Rev. John Jenkins says Browne understands the school's distinctive mission and will tell the world about its outstanding faculty and research.