RMSS Staff

Henry (Hank) D. James, Jr.
Associate Vice Chancellor, Safety & Security

Henry (Hank) D. James serves as the Associate Vice Chancellor, for Safety and Security. He has more than 40 years of risk management and insurance experience—the last 20 years in higher education. Prior to higher education, he spent more than 10 years in the health care industry. He holds MBA’s...
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Jeffrey A. Baker
Chief of Police

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...
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Darius Griffin
Director of Environmental Health and Safety

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...
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Betty Coulter, RMPE
Director of Risk Management and Insurance

Ms. Coulter has twenty–eight (28) years of public sector risk management experience, most recently, from the City of Asheville serving as the Director of Risk Management and the Executive Director of the Asheville Claims Corporation.   Betty is responsible for broad based Risk...
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Christopher Gonyar
Director of Emergency Management

Mr. Gonyar joined the Safety, and Security team in May 2014 as the Director of Business Continuity and Emergency Management Planning. Prior to joining UNC Charlotte, Mr. Gonyar served as an Emergency Management Consultant with Leidos (formerly Science Applications International Corporation)....
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Denise M. Barnett
Operations Officer, Safety & Security

Denise became the Operations Officer for Safety and Security in September 2013 after relocating from Illinois where she served as a Grant Administrator, Grant Writer, and in Fiscal Operations for local government, not-for-profit, and higher education institutions.  In her current role,...
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