Wichita State appoints new chief of campus police

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Major Rodney Clark named new Wichita State University police chief.

Rodney Clark, assistant professor of military science for the U.S. Army ROTC program at the Rochester Institute of Technology, has been named Wichita State police chief.

Clark, a major in the Army retiring with more than 20 years of law enforcement experience, is expected to start July 2. Clark will replace Robert Hinshaw, who has served as interim chief since October after Sara Morris retired in the middle of the semester.

“I look forward to learning and growing as I continue to serve the students, faculty and administration of Wichita State University,” Clark said in the release. “To my fellow law enforcement officers and members of the WSU Police Department, I look forward to learning from you and your combined years of experience at the university. I am honored to have been chosen for this position and am excited to get there and get started.”

Clark previously served as a military police commander at Fort Still, Oklahoma, where he led a unit of 200 military police officers, according to a university news release. He also served as provost marshal and director of emergency services for the 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Casey in South Korea, where he held 175 military police officers in patrols.

Clark received his Master of Arts in criminal justice at the American Military University in West Virginia, his Bachelor of Science in applied arts and sciences from Texas State University, and his Associate of Applied Science in criminal justice from Alvin Community College in Texas, the news release said.

The search committee for the position included members of the department of criminal justice, student affairs, student government, USS and UP senates, physical plant, diversity and inclusion, strategic communications, finance and administration, general counsel and human resources, the release said. Finalists also met with members of the campus police department, Wichita Police Department, and the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office.

Werner Golling, vice president for finance and administration, said WSU is excited for Clark to get started as chief.

“He brings a wealth of experience and significant leadership skills to the position,” Golling said in the release. “Importantly, he resonates strongly with the mission and values of WSU and of our police department.”