Indiana University students and staff are mourning the loss of IUPD Police Chief Keith Cash.
Cash was taken to the hospital shortly before 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
He later died due to natural causes, officials said. Cash was 50.
“Keith served Indiana University with enormous distinction and honor for nearly three decades culminating in a highly successful, and all too short, tenure as chief,” IU President Michael A. McRobbie said. “Keith’s love for this university, and the Bloomington campus in particular, was apparent to all who knew him. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family members. He will be greatly missed, and we all grieve at the loss of such a wonderful man.”
Cash was hired at the school back in 1984. He was named chief in Oct. 2010.
Cash also was an instructor at the Indiana University Police Academy and a guest lecturer in criminal justice and other classes at IU Bloomington. He served on the Board of the Indiana Association of Indiana Chiefs of Police, and was a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
“Keith was ideally suited for the role of police chief of one of the largest college campuses in the United States,” said Mark Bruhn, associate vice president for public safety and institutional assurance. “Keith was admired and respected by the entire police force and, on a personal note, I will be forever grateful for his wise counsel. Our hearts go out to his family and friends.”
IU Executive Vice President for Regional Planning Policy and Analysis John Applegate added: “Keith had a deep understanding of the IU Bloomington campus and community, as well as an appreciation of the unique challenges of ensuring the safety of the more “than 40,000 students who call IU Bloomington home each year.”
Cash is survived by his mother, Judy Cash; father, Tom Cash; brother, Mike Cash; and brother and sister-in-law Steve and Nancy Cash. Funeral arrangements are pending.
Deputy Chief Laury Flint, who will serve as acting police chief until a permanent successor is named, called Cash “the type of leader you can’t replace and a true mentor to me and other members of the force”.
“Keith was as fine an officer as I have had the honor to work with during my more than 30 years with the IU Police Department,” said Jerry Minger, who oversees the police forces on all IU campuses in his role as public safety director. “I have lost a dear friend and the IU community has lost one of its best advocates and protectors. The entire IU Police family mourns the loss of Keith Cash.”