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Rodney Clark named UND associate vice president for public safety and chief of police

Clark currently serves as chief of police for Wichita State University; appointment is effective Sept. 1.

Following a national search, the University of North Dakota has named Rodney Clark associate vice president for public safety and chief of police.

The appointment is effective Sept. 1.

Clark currently serves as chief of police for Wichita State University (WSU) in Wichita, Kan., where he leads a 44-person police department that includes dispatch and parking operations. He serves on numerous university committees, including Veterans’ Affairs, the President’s Diversity Council and the University CARE team, which serves students. Clark is also an adjunct faculty member at both the criminal justice and military science departments at WSU.

Rodney Clark

“I am excited and honored to join the University of North Dakota family,” Clark said. “I will work tirelessly with the professionals in Public Safety and University Police to ensure we provide quality service to the greater UND campus community and the greater Red River Valley region as well. I thank everyone I met during my interview and now look forward to meeting as many community members as possible in the months and years ahead. Together, my wife, daughter, and I look forward to calling Grand Forks and UND our home and supporting the mission and vision of UND.”

“I am very pleased that Chief Clark and his family decided to make UND and the Grand Forks region their new home,” said Jed Shivers, UND vice president for finance & operations. “When one looks at Chief Clark’s CV, his commitment to national military service and higher education shines through. Whenever a critical need arose in his career, he stepped up to take on the challenge, as he did with the Wichita State University’s facilities administration during the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic. He’s the type of servant-leader we look for at UND.”

Shivers noted that the position, in addition to being chief of police, also includes risk management, emergency management, and environmental health and safety.

Clark earned his undergraduate degree from Texas State University and a master’s degree in criminal justice from American Military University. His professional military education includes U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, U.S. Air Force Police Administration Course sponsored by Eastern Kentucky University and the U.S. Army Senior Leader Law Enforcement Course (U.S. Army MP School).

Hailing from Alvin, Texas, Clark began his military career in the United States Air Force in 1995 and was stationed at Malmstrom (Montana) and Mountain Home (Idaho) Air Force Bases.
Following the attacks of 9/11, he deployed to Doha, Qatar, where he was responsible for security and law-enforcement operations of the American portion of an air base. Other early assignments include law enforcement and security commander in South Korea and emergency management/force protection officer to an air base in United Arab Emirates.

Clark transferred branches to join the U.S. Army Military Police Corps in 2007 and went on to command a law enforcement unit at Fort Sill (Oklahoma), then returned to Korea to serve as deputy provost marshal and director of emergency services for the 2nd Infantry Division, nine miles from the Korean Demilitarized Zone. He ended his military career in New York State with assignments as a military police officer at Fort Drum (New York) and as an assistant professor of military science on the campus of Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, N.Y., completing a 22-year military career before assuming university police chief responsibilities.

Clark will fill the vacancy left by Eric Plummer, who was named chief of police at Radford University in March 2021. Terry Wynne, director of safety, has served as interim associate vice president for public safety, and UND Police Captain Tracy Meidinger has served as interim chief of police.