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Providing many years of leadership to make the campus a safe place for students and employees, James A. Huff has retired as director emeritus of public safety.
Mr. Huff began working at Central in 1972 as a patrol officer. He held the position of shift supervisor until he was promoted to assistant director of University Police in 1974. Four years later, he was promoted to chief of University Police, and in 1980, he was appointed director of the Department of Public Safety.
During 1986, Mr. Huff was one of 16 campus law enforcement administrators from the United States and Canada who were invited to the People’s Republic of China to participate in a bilateral technical exchange regarding issues related to campus law enforcement.
In addition to his full-time responsibilities, Mr. Huff belonged to and held leadership roles in numerous professional organizations, including serving as president of the Missouri Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators and Missouri Peace Officers Association. He also served as president of Central’s Professional Staff Council, and is currently the president of the Missouri Peace Officers Foundation.
An alumnus, Mr. Huff earned master’s and education specialist degrees from Central. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Truman State University, and also graduated from the FBI Academy, Missouri State Highway Patrol Basic Law Enforcement Academy, and National Traffic Management Institute.