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Campus Safety Announces 2016 Director of the Year Finalists

Check out the 11 healthcare, school and university public safety, security and emergency management pros who made the cut, as well as some of their notable achievements.

Congratulations to the finalists in the 10th Annual Campus Safety Director of the Year awards program! The winners and runners up will be honored at the Campus Safety Conference in Philadelphia this summer. Complete coverage of the winners will appear this fall in Campus Safety magazine as well as on CampusSafetyMagazine.com.

The finalists and some of their notable achievements are:

Jeffrey Besong
Assistant Vice President of Public Safety & Chief of Police
Point Park University
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Notable Achievements:

  • Oversaw the creation of the school’s Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Confront and Evacuate training institute
  • Supervised the upgrade of a university-wide security camera system
  • Established SafeZone, which provides training to faculty staff and students on becoming allies to the LGBTQ community

View his slideshow


John Brockie
Captain
California State University, Fullerton
Fullerton, Calif.

Notable Achievements:

  • Created a cross-divisional Clery compliance team with members from student affairs, housing and residence life, HR, diversity and inclusion, counsel, academic affairs, administration and finance
  • Oversees more than 300 security cameras strategically placed around campus
  • Placed a police substation in the on-campus housing complex

View his slideshow


Kimberly Browder
Director of Public Safety
University of Mobile
Mobile, Ala.

Notable Achievements:

  • Developed a new online vehicle parking system that created $40,000 in revenue for the university and reduced annual student costs from $60 to $40
  • Increased officer pay from $8 to $9 per hour
  • Developed a verbal memo of understanding that reduced local police response times from 45 minutes to 15 minutes per call

View her slideshow


Randy Burba
Chief of Public Safety
Chapman University
Orange, Calif.

Notable Achievements:

  • Brought advances in technologies, programming, communications, training and mutual aid to the campus
  • Partnered with peers in private and public colleges to craft new training and readiness programming
  • Was president of the California College and University Police Chiefs’ Association and International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators

View his slideshow


Peter Carey
Chief of Police
Buffalo State College
Buffalo, N.Y.

Notable Achievements:

  • Created the university police department bike patrol
  • Department achieved New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services Police Department accreditation
  • Over the years has personally assisted numerous students, faculty and staff in crises, earning him more than 15 awards, including four New York State University Police, SUNY Police Chiefs Association Professionalism Awards

View his slideshow

Eric Clay
System Director of Public Safety
CoxHealth
Springfield, Mo.

Notable Achievements:

  • Worked with local prosecutors to make them aware of the scope of assaults on healthcare workers
  • All 12,000 system employees will soon be trained on defensive tactics and verbal de-escalation
  • Purchased report writing software, which provided statistics that justified the hiring of more officers and purchase of security technology

View his slideshow


Jeff Hauk
Director of Public Safety
Memorial Healthcare
Owossa, Mich.

Notable Achievements:

  • Established a standalone department of public safety, and reclassified its security guards as public safety officers
  • First U.S. healthcare facility to obtain Suspicious Indicators Recognition Assessment training and certification
  • Improved lighting around campus with the installation of LED lighting, resulting in $10,000 per year cost savings


James Ketsaa
Chief of Police
Clark County School District
Henderson, Nev.

Notable Achievements:

  • Deployment of body-worn cameras to all officers resulted in nearly an 80 percent reduction in legitimate citizen complaints and also holds officers accountable for inappropriate behavior
  • Equipped officers with stun guns
  • Partnered with Las Vegas PBS to create a datacasting system that broadcasts data over a wide area via radio waves. The system can broadcast anything from floor plans to student lists to help onsite officers appropriately respond to incidents.

View his slideshow


Rich Oliva
Manager of Emergency Management
Fremont Health
Fremont, Neb.

Notable Achievements:

  • Headed the installation of an integrated system that includes nearly 200 access points, more than 200 cameras, patient abduction prevention, nurse call, intercoms and other security systems
  • Developed good working relationships with local law enforcement in three counties
  • Led initiative to train staff in decontamination, which resulted in improved response by all emergency department nurses and technicians

View his slideshow


Kristin Tollison
Director of Administrative Services
Wayzata Public School District 284
Wayzata, Minn.

Notable Achievements:

  • Established the district’s first welcome center that provides customer service to residents, community members and new families who move into the district
  • Partnered with city officials to maximize community use of the district’s facilities and recreational spaces
  • Created and coordinated the district’s emergency procedures and works with local law enforcement

View her slideshow


Alan Walters
Director of Safety & Risk Management
Georgetown County School District
Georgetown, S.C.

Notable Achievements:

  • Identified areas of improvement in emergency response and hazard mitigation and used that as the basis to rewrite the district’s emergency operations plan
  • In response to Hurricane Matthew arranged for evacuations, shelters and recovery sites at schools to provide food and water for county residents
  • Identified school building design challenges and supervised $1.5 million in renovations at 20 locations. Upgrades included cameras, access control, secured walkways and bullet-resistant doors and glass.

View his slideshow