Instructor Biography

David Perry (retired)


Chief David L. Perry (retired) is a senior research associate, lead instructor, and facilitator with the Institute for Intergovernmental Research. He is a program advisor for the VALOR Officer Safety and Wellness Program and the National Suicide Awareness for Law Enforcement Officers Program, as well as the program lead for the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s new national initiative, Safer Together. Chief Perry retired as assistant vice chancellor for public safety and chief of police for the University of North Carolina. Chief Perry previously served as the assistant vice president for safety and chief of police at Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, since 2006. Chief Perry provided oversight for all law enforcement operations. For three years, he was the deputy director of police operations at Clemson University in South Carolina and for the six years prior was the director of public safety and chief of police at Albany State University in Albany, Georgia. Chief Perry was also an investigator and a police officer in Albany. He earned his master of public administration degree from Albany State University and his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Albany State College. Chief Perry has extensive expertise in campus public safety and the private sector in relation to leadership, management, and best practices for safety and security.

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