Rick L. Boyd was named to the newly-created position of assistant vice chancellor for public safety at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
Boyd possesses broad experience and training in law enforcement at many levels including higher education.
The Department of Public Safety encompasses the areas of safety, threat assessment, business continuity planning and campus police. The position was necessitated by the amount and sophistication of public safety planning in higher education.
Boyd reports to Dr. Glen G. Burnette Jr., vice chancellor for University and Community Relations.
“Campus safety remains a top priority for UNC and for UNC Pembroke,” Dr. Burnette said. “Mr. Boyd will take the lead in developing a comprehensive and campus-wide safety plan. He will also lead the campus in emergency management preparation activities.”
Boyd said he is thrilled to be at UNCP and in North Carolina.
“I have always wanted to work and live in the Carolinas,” said the Detroit, Mich., native. “This is by far the friendliest campus I’ve been associated with, and I feel very welcome here.”
The veteran law enforcement leader said UNCP’s campus police, “from the chief on down are as professional a department as I’ve seen, and I’m proud to be part of their organization.”
Boyd’s experience in higher education law enforcement began as an officer at Michigan State University. He served at that university for 14 years and later as director and police chief at the University of Pittsburgh.
The challenge of keeping a university of 7,000 students, faculty and staff safe is a daunting one, he said.
“Part of my role will be to work on contingency planning and to build meaningful training programs for the stakeholders.”
By stakeholders, Boyd said “safety is everyone’s responsibility.”
“At UNCP, it is my perception that there is significant communication across campus, which is all-important when talking about safety issues,” he concluded.
Boyd earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in criminal justice at Michigan State University. He did post graduate work at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy and taught courses in criminal justice and public administration at all levels of higher education.
Boyd’s first law enforcement experience came with the Army’s Police Corps. He served the past 10 years as an instructor at the National White Collar Crime Center in Fairmont, W.Va.
Boyd served as station commander in the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina and was awarded a United Nations Peace Medal. He also served as second-in-command in the Ingham County Sheriff’s Department and as the executive director of the Michigan Sheriffs Association.