Winston-Salem State University has appointed Amir Henry as its director of police and public safety. Henry will succeed Chief Patricia Norris, who retired in December 2019. He will begin his duties on July 1.

Henry will oversee 18 full-time police officers who provide law-enforcement services to the campus and university owned properties 24-hours a day, seven days a week, WSSU said.

Henry, a native of Bronx, N.Y., has more than 14 years of experience as a law-enforcement officer.

Since 2017, Henry has served as deputy chief, the second in command, at the WSSU Police Department, the university said. He led the daily management of the university police department, providing direction of police operations and advisory support to senior university administrators.