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UND director of Safety wins national award

Marcus SimpsonUND Director of Safety Marcus Simpson has been selected as one of eight recipients for the 2023 Distinguished Service to Safety Award, presented by the National Safety Council.

This national award recognizes outstanding service and contributions to the field of safety and has been awarded by the NSC since 1942.

As an award-winner, Simpson will receive an engraved medallion during a complimentary trip to the 2023 NSC Congress & Safety Expo, held Oct. 23-25 in New Orleans.

Simpson, who was hired as director of safety in December 2022, has more than 20 years of experience in environment, health and safety (EHS) roles and holds numerous certifications, including as a Master Safety Professional.

For UND, Simpson develops, implements and maintains the University’s EHS programs while also providing interpretation and guidance across campus to maintain compliance with environmental and safety regulations.

Now a nationally recognized professional in his field, Simpson was honored for his success as a coach and mentor for peers and up-and-coming professionals. Lorraine Martin, the NSC’s CEO, told Simpson that he was being honored for his “knowledge across all fields of safety” and “willingness to train others and share knowledge,” Simpson said.

Rodney Clark, UND associate vice president for public safety and chief of police, said Simpson has “revolutionized” the safety culture of UND.

“In less than a year on the job, he has set standards and been an advocate for more resources – changing the paradigm to put safety at the forefront of University operations,” Clark said. “Marcus is my hand and voice for the safety side of the organization and is committed to making the campus a better, safer environment for all.”