Penn State

Penn State names new assistant vice president for police, safety


There will be a new man in charge of keeping things safe at Penn State.

On Friday, Penn State announced the appointment of Charles Noffsinger as assistant vice president for university police and public safety.

Noffsinger comes to Penn State from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He will take office at Penn State as of May 9.

“Charles is a veteran leader who has played a key role in developing and maintaining a safe and secure campus environment at not one, but two, major public flagship universities,” said David Gray, senior vice president for Finance and Business at Penn State.

Noffsinger will report to Gray, managing about 150 employees and a budget of $6.8 million.

“We are extremely pleased to add an individual with such vast experience and practical, cutting-edge public safety knowledge to our leadership team. His proven ability to build positive relationships in a multi-campus environment and with stakeholders both inside and outside of the universities he has served will be a major asset to Penn State’s public safety efforts going forward,” Gray said.

Noffsinger takes over the position vacated by Steve Shelow in April 2015.

“Police and public safety units play a significant support role in the overall mission of any university,” Noffsinger said. “One of my goals is to help ensure the units on all of the Commonwealth campuses continue to be an integral part of the campus community and maintain their commitment to excellence.”