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Columbia College grad, Wayne Nero, hired as Georgetown, Texas police chief

Wayne Nero was sworn in as the new chief of police for Georgetown, Texas on April 13. Nero graduated from Columbia College-Fort Worth in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. Georgetown was recently named No. 2 in Money Magazine's list of Best Places to Live and Launch a new business.

"The Fort Worth campus is proud of the success of our graduate, Wayne Nero," said John Hardy, director of Columbia College-Fort Worth. "We work hard to provide our students with a high quality education to help them be competitive in the job market."

Nero was previously the assistant police chief in DeSoto, Texas. As a U. S. Marine, he led the presidential security team at Camp David in Maryland.

Columbia College-Fort Worth was originally founded at Naval Air Station Dallas in 1975. The campus began holding classes at NAS Fort Worth in 1992 when the government started closing NAS Dallas. The campus officially relocated to NAS Fort Worth in March 1997.

Today, Columbia College-Fort Worth offers associate, bachelor's and master's degrees in American studies, arts, business administration, criminal justice administration, computer information systems, general studies, history, management information systems and psychology. The Online Campus offers approximately 600 classes and more than 19 degrees. Columbia College-Fort Worth is part of Columbia College's network of more than 30 Nationwide Campuses.

Columbia College, a private, nonprofit institution founded in 1851 in Columbia, Mo., educates more than 26,000 students each year and has more than 64,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit