Distinguished Alumnus

Barry University Distinguished Alumni Awards

Nelson Andreu, Sr. '11, MPA '12

Chief of Police, City of West Miami

Chief Nelson Andreu spent over 20 years as a homicide detective with the Miami Police Department (MPD) during some of the most tumultuous times in South Florida's history of law enforcement. He retired from MPD as a Lieutenant in 2005 and has worked at the West Miami Police Department ever since.

In 2008, at the age of 54, Andreu began the difficult journey towards achieving his long elusive goal of obtaining a bachelor's degree. He matriculated at Barry University, and in just a few years graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Public Administration in 2012. A scholarship from the International Association of Chiefs of Police allowed him to earn a second Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Grantham University.

Furthering his commitment to life-long learning, Mr. Andreu went on to earn his Master's degree in Public Administration from Barry and is currently enrolled in its Organizational Leadership Doctoral program. Chief Andreu shares his passion for education by mentoring students at Miami Dade College, and teaching as an adjunct Criminal Justice instructor at both Florida International University and Albizu University.

Dr. Davies enjoys traveling, biking, reading, community engagement, and spending time with her husband, John and two sons, Christian and Harrison. She has been a Licensed Psychotherapist in Florida since 1989. A native of Seabrook, Texas, she earned her B.S. in Sociology and her M.S. in Counseling Psychology at Texas A&M University. She completed her Ph.D. in Higher Educational Leadership and Administration at Barry University in 2012.

An active member of St. Agatha Catholic Church, Chief Andreu and his wife have been married for over 40 years and have two children, both of whom have followed in his footsteps and pursued careers in law enforcement.