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Debra C. Duncan J.D.

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Debra C. Duncan J.D.
Chief/Director of Campus Police/Security

Chief Duncan joined the High Point Police Department in 1980. She was assigned to Adam Team working in the city’s highest crime areas. She spent the next twenty-one years serving the citizens of High Point as a patrol officer, a detective in youth crimes, Crimestopper’s coordinator, a field training officer, and a supervisor as well as undercover operations. In 1997, she was tapped to be the chief’s administrative aide and was promoted to Captain, the first woman to achieve that rank in the High Point Police Department. In addition to her duties at HPPD, she worked part-time at High Point University. Additionally, she continued her education and earned a BS Degree from Guilford College and a Master’s from NC A&T. Her experience and educational achievements led to her appointment as Chief of Police for Virginia Tech in 2001 two months before 9/11.


After five years at Virginia Tech, Chief Duncan returned to North Carolina when she was selected as the Police Chief for the City of Monroe. She served as Monroe’s Police Chief for 7 years before retiring. Subsequently, she was elected to Monroe City Council where she was voted as Mayor Pro Tem for the last two years of her four-year term. During that time, she enrolled in law school and was asked to serve as the interim Police Chief of Johnson C. Smith University until a new chief was found.


Chief Duncan graduated from law school, passed the NC Bar exam, and is a member in good standing of both the NC and Arizona State Bar Associations. During that time and, after almost five years, she left Johnson C. Smith University to go to Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. At Smith College, she was tasked with creating a stand-alone campus police department. Two and half years later, Chief Duncan received an extraordinary opportunity to return home to High Point when she was asked to establish a police department at High Point University. She is excited to return to High Point where her law enforcement career started 42 years ago, excited to return to work at High Point University where she worked in the past, and eager to establish the High Point University Campus Police Department. Chief Duncan makes the safety of each member of the High Point University community a top priority.