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Harber considered a 'safe' choice for Hammond Award

By Greg Russell


Bruce Harber has logged thousands of miles on the road while training for the 40 marathons he has completed. “I try to run two a year,” said Harber, who has finished New York twice, Chicago once and Memphis five times. He even ran two in two days — one in Rhode Island and one in Connecticut the following morning. But an accomplishment at the University of Memphis might even give that a run for its money.

University President Shirley Raines said she selected Harber for the Allen J. Hammond Presidential Service Award in recognition of the leadership he has provided in making the U of M the safest campus in the state of Tennessee with more than 5,000 students. He was presented the award during Faculty Convocation April 8 in Rose Theatre.                       “Chief Harber and his officers help maintain a safe and welcoming environment for students and for our campus guests,” Dr. Raines said. “Bruce also works toward achieving our strategic goal of becoming one America’s great metropolitan research universities.”

Harber has said the department’s success comes from the hard work and dedication of its officers and dispatchers. The U of M has long been one of the safest campuses in the state.

Harber (BPS ’91) began working for the University in 2000 as associate director of Public Safety and was appointed director in 2002. Before joining the U of M, he served with the Memphis Police Department in various assignments for more than 25 years.

Harber attended graduate school at the University of Memphis and the University of Virginia. A graduate of the FBI National Academy, he has been a state-

certified police officer since 1976.

Harber is a former president of the Memphis Metropolitan Association of Chiefs of Police and a member of the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police (TACP). He has served on TACP’s University Committee, which includes all public and private campus police agencies in the state.

The Hammond Award is not given every year, but is reserved for special recognition of people who have rendered significant service to the University. Once called the Presidential Award for Exceptional Service, the name of the award was changed to honor Allen J. Hammond, the University’s late director of student financial aid.

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