North­eastern Uni­ver­sity has appointed Michael Davis as director of public safety, a crit­i­cally impor­tant posi­tion as the university’s pro­grams and people expand across the nation and around the world. Cur­rently the chief of police in Brooklyn Park, Minn., Davis brings a proven track record of more than 20 years in law enforcement.

We are for­tu­nate to have a very strong and award-​​winning public safety divi­sion in place. The addi­tion of Mike Davis’ expe­ri­ence and knowl­edge of policing—combined with his pas­sion for the future of the profession—will undoubt­edly strengthen the uni­ver­sity on sev­eral fronts,” said Steven Kadish, senior vice pres­i­dent and chief oper­ating officer. “As our campus com­mu­nity expands and evolves, it is more impor­tant than ever that we are effec­tive and effi­cient in ensuring the con­tinued safety and secu­rity of our community.”

Davis will pro­vide vision and lead­er­ship to advance Northeastern’s national lead­er­ship in uni­ver­sity public safety. He will oversee all aspects of Northeastern’s public safety divi­sion, which includes a com­pre­hen­sive pro­gram of public safety ser­vices, including police, secu­rity, crime pre­ven­tion, fire safety, and emer­gency med­ical ser­vices, with the over­ar­ching mis­sion to ensure that the uni­ver­sity com­mu­nity remains a safe and reas­suring place in which to study, live, and work.

Mike brings a proven record of accom­plish­ments in com­mu­nity building and crit­ical thinking. He is in a posi­tion to think dynam­i­cally, not just about public safety today, but other orga­ni­za­tional needs into the future,” said Ralph Martin, senior vice pres­i­dent and gen­eral counsel, who was a key member of the search to recruit Davis.

Davis’ authority will extend to all North­eastern cam­puses and facil­i­ties in Mass­a­chu­setts, Char­lotte, N.C., and Seattle. He will also ensure that the uni­ver­sity is fully pre­pared to address any and all safety con­cerns for North­eastern stu­dents studying and working across the globe.

As director of public safety, Davis will serve as chief law enforce­ment officer, with overall respon­si­bility for bud­gets, human resource man­age­ment, labor rela­tions, and pri­ority set­ting for secu­rity for all of Northeastern’s cam­puses, including risk assess­ment and short– and long-​​range emer­gency plans. Davis will also be the pri­mary spokesperson for the public safety divi­sion, and he will be respon­sible for aligning the department’s prac­tices with the entre­pre­neurial vision and direc­tion of the university.

It is an honor for me to have been selected as the next director of public safety at North­eastern,” Davis said. “As a leader in world­wide expe­ri­en­tial learning and with cam­puses throughout the United States, North­eastern presents a unique set of chal­lenges for the Public Safety Divi­sion. I look for­ward to this work and being a member of this inno­v­a­tive institution.”

As chief of police for Brooklyn Park, Minnesota’s sixth largest and second most diverse city, Davis imple­mented inno­v­a­tive and col­lab­o­ra­tive strate­gies to reduce reported and vio­lent crimes to the city’s lowest rates in 21 years. Davis was pre­vi­ously a member of the Min­neapolis Police Depart­ment where he led agency-​​wide ini­tia­tives that improved the per­for­mance of the orga­ni­za­tion, while working with the com­mu­nity to lower crime and improve police legitimacy.

Davis is a two-​​time grad­uate of Con­cordia Uni­ver­sity with a bachelor’s degree in crim­inal jus­tice and a master’s degree in orga­ni­za­tional man­age­ment. He was a member of the 2011–2014 Har­vard Exec­u­tive Ses­sion on Policing and Public Safety, and the recip­ient of the 2012 Gary P. Hayes Award from the Police Exec­u­tive Research Forum, a national and inter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized research orga­ni­za­tion that pro­motes lead­er­ship and best prac­tices in policing. The Hayes award is con­ferred each year on a police leader, in recog­ni­tion of his or her out­standing ini­tia­tive in improving the quality of police service.

Davis will join North­eastern on Nov. 1. He will suc­ceed D. Joseph Griffin, who announced his retire­ment last year after more than 35 years of ser­vice at North­eastern. Also a leader in policing and former pres­i­dent of the Inter­na­tional Asso­ci­a­tion of Campus Law Enforce­ment Admin­is­tra­tors, Griffin will work closely with Davis as respon­si­bil­i­ties are transitioned.