Mark Bullock has been appointed as the new Assistant Vice President and Director of Public Safety of the University of Iowa (UI) after a national search.

Bullock, who has held the role of Co-Interim Director of Public Safety since late 2020, will continue to lead the department and emphasize bolstering campus relationships to keep the university community safe.

During his time as Interim Co-Director, Bullock served as the public safety representative on the Reimagining Campus Safety Action Committee, which brought together campus partners to identify strategies, tactics and timelines for creating a campus community that supports the safety of all individuals, with particular attention to people who have traditionally experienced disproportionate harm from systems.

Bullock joined the UI Department of Public Safety in 2014, serving as an Officer and Sergeant before his appointment to Captain in 2015. Before coming to the UI, the Bettendorf native began his law enforcement career as a Police Officer and Detective with the Memphis Police Department, serving as a member of uniformed patrol, mounted patrol, the organized crime unit, the entertainment district unit and the crisis intervention team. In 2012, he was awarded the Memphis Police Department’s Medal of Honor, the department’s highest award.