University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Plummer named Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police

Vice President for Finance and Operations Alice Brekke has named Eric S. Plummer the eric-plummer Director of Public Safety/Chief of Police.

Plummer currently serves as system chief of police for Southern Arkansas University (SAU) in Magnolia, Ark. He is slated to start at UND Oct. 15.

As the new Director for Public Safety/Chief of Police, Plummer will work in partnership with students, faculty, staff and the broader Grand Forks community, as well as state and federal agencies, to maintain a secure and accessible campus. This position will build a sense of community involvement and interest throughout campus, with an emphasis on positive and proactive interactions with all constituencies served. The director will oversee the areas of Emergency Management, Environmental Health and Safety, Environmental Training Institute, Operations Center and University Police Department (UPD).

Eric S. Plummer
Eric S. Plummer assumed the role of chief of police for SAU in April 2007. In 2010, Plummer was instrumental in creating the first Southern Arkansas University System police department by expanding public safety management over two additional independent system campuses. He subsequently was named System Police Chief by SAU’s System president. He currently is responsible for formulating policy and procedures; managing budgets, resources and personnel for the SAU’s three system campus police departments; and developing and implementing emergency operations procedures for the system.

Plummer served as a combat signaler in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1993 to 1999, and as an intelligence analyst from 2005 to 2006. He was also employed with the Florida Highway Patrol for nearly eight years in numerous roles including state trooper, homicide detective, criminal and internal affairs investigator, and supervisor.

Plummer currently serves as a critical incident management instructor for the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, the leading voice for the campus public safety community.

Plummer earned a master’s degree in management from University of Phoenix in 2004 and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from University of Central Arkansas in 1999. He is also a graduate of Harvard University’s Executive Education Course in Crisis Leadership and the Southern Police Institute’s 50th Command Officer Development Course through University of Louisville.

Plummer’s oversight of UPD fills the role that has been performed by Grand Forks Police Lt. Jeff Burgess, who currently serves as interim UPD chief, based on a temporary agreement between the University and the City of Grand Forks. Burgess took over interim duties following the retirement of longtime Police Chief Duane Czapiewski, who served 31 years at UND.