John V. Bogdan

Associate Vice Chancellor, Safety & Security

John Bogdan, a retired U.S. Army colonel, most recently served as the chief of police and chief of operations for Forces Command, headquartered at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In this role, he was responsible for physical and operational security, force protection and antiterrorism capabilities for 11 major army installations in the United States. During his time at Fort Bragg, he also led the crisis action team in planning and executing its response to Hurricane Matthew.

At UNC Charlotte, Bogdan is responsible for the coordination and oversight of the plans and programs that...

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Jeffrey A. Baker

Chief Baker joined the UNC Charlotte team in 2009 after spending twenty-eight (28) years as a member of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) serving many diverse assignments prior to retirement.  Baker earned his BS Degree from Gardner-Webb University as well as an Associate’s Degree from Central Piedmont Community College.

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Darius Griffin

Darius Griffin has been with the University since 2001 and has served as the Director of Environmental, Health and Safety since 2008.  As the longest tenured employee of Safety & Security, he supports the University’s mission of teaching, research and service by providing strategic leadership for a campus-wide environmental, health and safety program.  Darius  has oversight responsibility for campus compliance with applicable environmental, health and safety laws and regulations.  Darius earned his Bachelor of Sciences degree in Occupational Safety and Health from...

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Joseph (Joe) Fiorelli

Mr. Fiorelli’s career at UNC Charlotte began recently in 2017, but his work helping educational institutions manage risk began much earlier.  Mr. Fiorelli developed his passion for higher education as a student and Chancellor’s Scholar at the University of Wisconsin.  After completing his degree and a national public affairs fellowship, Mr.

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Christopher Gonyar

Christopher "Chris" Gonyar joined the Safety and Security team in May 2014 as the director of emergency management (formerly business continuity and emergency management planning). Prior to joining UNC Charlotte, he served as an emergency management consultant with Tetra Tech (formerly Beck Disaster Recovery, Science Applications International Corporation, Leidos). In this role, Gonyar worked with jurisdictions and organizations across the county on a variety of emergency management planning and exercise initiatives. During his time at Tetra Tech, he focused on continuity of operations,...

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Denise M. Barnett

Denise became the Operations Officer for Safety and Security in September 2013 after relocating from Illinois where she served as an Assistant Director of Fiscal Operations, Grant Administrator, and Grant Writer for local government, not-for-profit, and higher education institutions.  In her current role, Denise manages fiscal operations for the four departments within Safety & Security (Business Continuity and Emergency Management Planning, Environmental Health and Safety, Police and Public Safety, and Risk Management and Insurance) and assists each department in meeting...

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