lndiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) is pleased to announce the hiring of Tim Potts as the new chief of police after a national search.

Chief Potts is an Indiana native and a graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and the FBI National Academy. He earned a Bachelor of Science in sociology at Saint Joseph’s College. He has 27 years of experience in law enforcement, including 18 years at the Purdue University Police Department with roles in community policing, patrol operations, and administrative operations. Potts most recently served as the chief of police and director of public safety at the University of Mississippi.

“Tim is bringing exceptional experience to our university’s police department,” said David Wesse, vice chancellor for financial and administrative affairs. “His extensive experience in policing in higher education, particularly with Purdue’s police department, will make this an easy transition.”

“I am excited to be a part of the Fort Wayne community and to serve the campus,” said Potts. “I plan to spend my first 90 days meeting campus community partners, evaluating university policies and procedures to ensure they reflect best practices, and examining staffing levels to make certain there are enough officers and that they are covering the right areas.”

Chief Potts’s first day was January 16.

For more information, contact David Wesse, vice chancellor for financial and administrative affairs, at 260-481-6804 or [email protected].

About IPFW

Established in 1964, Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne is the largest university in northeast Indiana. As a Metropolitan University, it is uniquely positioned to serve the region as a crossroads of intellectual, social, economic, and cultural advancement and to continue expanding its global reach through research, scholarship, and creative expression. Challenging academics are combined with a focus on student success across many prestigious degree programs, taught by 330 full-time faculty. More than 8,100 degree-seeking students of diverse ages, ethnicities, and nationalities pursue their education on the nearly 700-acre campus. Half of the students are first-generation college students, 15% are from underrepresented populations, and 73% of students receive some form of financial assistance to achieve their academic and career goals. A majority of the growing alumni network of 59,000 live and work in northeast Indiana, contributing to the region’s economy, vitality, and intellectual strength.