The chief of the UND Police Department has been hired to fill a similar role in Virginia.

Eric Plummer, whose official title at UND is associate vice president for public safety and chief of police, was hired at Radford University in Radford, Va., after a national search. His last day at UND will be Feb. 28.

UND will begin a search for a replacement, according to a release distributed by the university. In the meantime, Terry Wynne, director of safety, will serve as interim associate vice president for public safety, and UND Police Captain Tracy Meidinger will serve as interim chief of police.

Plummer came to UND in 2012 and has been responsible for law enforcement, emergency management, environmental health and safety, lab safety, risk management and insurance, public safety, leadership and workers compensation. He also has been a member of the UND Pandemic Planning & Response Team.

“Since arriving at UND, I have truly appreciated Eric’s leadership and contributions to life on campus,” UND President Andrew Armacost said in a release sent to the media. “His focus on campus safety for students, staff and faculty is unmatched. During his tenure, UND has consistently been ranked as the safest college in North Dakota, with 97% of students reporting feeling safe on campus. His pioneering work on the use of unmanned aircraft in campus law enforcement has set a national standard. As the chair of our UND Pandemic Response Committee, he has led us through one of the most challenging times in UND’s history. We will miss him and know he will continue to impact lives on his next campus.”