STARKVILLE – Mississippi State University has hired its second police chief in as many months.
The school announced Tuesday that M. Vance Rice, who spent nearly 25 years at the University of Arkansas, is the new MSU police chief. His appointment is pending formal approval by the Board of Trustees, State Institutions of Higher Learning. University officials said Rice is expected to begin work July 16.
In April, MSU officials had announced that Tim Potts, the assistant police chief at Purdue University, was accepting the university’s offer to become the next police chief. A short time later, Potts notified the institution he would be unable to follow through on the commitment “for personal reasons.”
Potts had replaced Georgia Lindley, who resigned in December after being charged with DUI. Kenneth Spencer has been acting as interim chief.
Rice has served in the police department at the Fayetteville institution since becoming a law officer in 1989. He was promoted over the years to patrol sergeant, training and career development lieutenant, criminal investigation department lieutenant, and patrol and criminal investigation department lieutenant.
Since last year, he has served as police services captain, with responsibilities for all patrol and criminal investigations within the UA system.
Rice holds two UA degrees, including a bachelor’s in human resource development and master’s in operations management.
Rice said he is “humbled and honored by my selection to serve as the next police chief for the Mississippi State University Police Department, adding that he is “looking forward to listening to the students, staff, and faculty on issues important to them and working collaboratively.”