The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa has named Charles Noffsinger as its new chief of Campus Security and Emergency Management. Noffsinger brings with him 24 years of experience on the University of Michigan Police Department, where he played a substantive role in helping the department grow from a small security unit to a full-service police department, one of the largest and most respected in the region. He was one of Michigan’s five original police officers in 1990 and subsequently rose through the ranks to deputy chief.
“I’ve been privileged to have had many professional opportunities and feel I have much to offer in a chief’s role,” said Noffsinger. “After spending almost two and half decades with the University of Michigan, I was looking for the right opportunity to continue my career in campus law enforcement. I knew I wanted to remain in a vibrant, diverse, research university setting. I have also always dreamed of living on an island—preferably a warm one. This opening at UH Mānoa was ‘the right place at the right time.’
Noffsinger said his goals for Campus Security and Emergency Management are “In the short term, I hope to establish a cohesive and supportive work environment, one that encourages innovation with an emphasis on customer service. Community-oriented policing will serve as the foundation of our operating philosophy and eventually be reflected in specific programming. Long term, we will continue to explore both the need and the process for becoming a full-service police department serving the Mānoa campus.”
“Since joining the department a month ago, he has already won the confidence of our staff and is proving to be a good fit,” said Deborah Huebler, director of Campus Services. “Under his guidance, the UH Mānoa community can look forward to a security department that is an integral part of campus life.”
Noffsinger has a BA from Michigan State University in criminal justice and a master of liberal studies from Eastern Michigan University. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Class #226, as well as the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.
Read the UH Mānoa news release for more on Noffsinger.