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Press release from Humboldt State University:
University Police Chief Anthony Morgan has accepted a position as Chief of Police at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. The University thanks Chief Morgan for his dedicated service over the past year.
“It has been an honor to work in service of the students, faculty, staff, and guests of Humboldt State University. I have enjoyed many of the relationships we were able to solidify over the last year. The ongoing pandemic continues to present some unique challenges. It has not stopped our ability to interact in a positive manner with the campus community. I am grateful for my team’s increased efforts to engage the community and the overwhelmingly positive response to those efforts. I am confident the department will stay the course of service to the community,” says Morgan.
Morgan developed several programs and services during his time at Humboldt State, helping to enhance relations between the University Police Department and students. He created an advisory panel of campus community members and met with a wide range of people and groups. He also developed a non-sworn officer position to respond to mental health crises and other incidents, in an effort to improve campus safety. Most notably, Chief Morgan led efforts to get to know all of the resident students in housing, utilizing campus partnerships to enhance officer training, and shifting the culture within UPD to one that embraces change.
“I appreciate Chief Morgan’s commitment to safety and community building, especially during this challenging past year. I wish him well on this move and future endeavors,” says Shahrooz Roohparvar, Vice President of Administration & Finance.
Morgan’s last day will be Jan. 28. HSU has begun the search for an interim police chief and will be engaging a search firm to assist in filling the permanent position. The University aims for a July 1 start of the new permanent chief. The selection process will be inclusive and transparent with opportunities for our campus community to participate in selecting the right Chief for HSU. Additional information about filling the Chief position will be shared in the near future.