Phil Zerzan came on board as Chief of Campus Public Safety in the summer of 2011 in the latest chapter of his impressive career working in law enforcement. Phil has spent the last eight years creating safe and positive environments for college students, both on campuses in Oregon and around the world.
Phil served as an Oregon State Police Trooper from 1978 until 1994. He became a detective in the criminal division of the Oregon State Police Troopers from 1994-2001 and then served as a Sergeant in Springfield, Oregon until 2003. In November of 2003, he stepped into the blended world of college life and law enforcement as Area Commander, responsible for providing all Law Enforcement Services for Oregon State Police at Oregon State University. In the fall of 2008, Phil ventured into adventurous waters, serving as the Conduct Officer for Semester at Sea, a position that took him all over the world on a sea-going vessel with approximately 500 students into ports of call such as Cape Town, South Africa and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
He has three children, two kids who have graduated from college. Phil also earned his BA while working at OSU (graduating summa cum laude!), in 2007.
Phil knows important parts of his job happen away from his desk. He can often be found at campus events, such as Party in the Park and Move In Day. Sometimes he is on his patrol bike in uniform and sometimes in his signature khakis and hip Adidas kicks. If you see Phil Zerzan, say hello and get to know this campus leader who is helping to make Portland State a safe, healthy, and vibrant metropolitan campus to live, learn, and thrive.