Campus Security and Chief of Police

Assistant Vice President:

David Carter


In April 2018, David Carter was named Assistant Vice President for Campus Security and Chief of Police as he continues his leadership responsibilities for law enforcement at The University of Texas at Austin. This appointment follows a five-year tenure as the Chief of Police for the UT Police Department (UTPD) that includes a 170-member staff and presiding over the UT System’s flagship campus of more than 51,000 students, 23,000 faculty and staff, 18 colleges and schools on a 350-acre campus.

Previously, his career in law enforcement included serving as the first Assistant Chief for the Austin Police Department (APD) where he was responsible for all daily operations, including the oversight of more than 2,300 employees. Prior to his role as APD’s Assistant Chief, Carter was among the department’s most decorated officers having earned many distinguished awards, including the APD’s Distinguished Service Cross for Valor, Distinguished Command Medal, Life Saving Medal, and three Meritorious Service Medals.

Carter earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University and also is a graduate of the National Executive Institute (NEI) class XXXV, the FBI’s premier executive training course. In addition, Carter graduated from the Boston Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP) and the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT), and marked completion of the first Austin Police West Point Leadership Academy which was a joint effort between APD and UT Austin.

UT Police Department (UTPD)

Founded in 1968, The University of Texas at Austin Police Department (UTPD) continues to uphold its mission to serve and protect. The department has the same authority and responsibilities as most municipal police organizations and has challenges unique to a large, nationally recognized university community.

UTPD employs more than 170 dedicated individuals interested in making a positive difference on campus. In keeping with its community-oriented policing philosophy, the department regularly partners with faculty members, staff members and students on crime prevention and law enforcement programs. UTPD is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.