UT Austin Turns Tragedy into Triumph Through Campus Safety

Actions taken by CS Higher Education Director of the Year James Johnson after two tragedies rocked UT Austin are nothing short of remarkable.

UT Austin Turns Tragedy into Triumph Through Campus Safety

Campus Safety Higher Education Director of the Year James Johnson (far right) with his campus safety staff.

James Johnson’s Additional Accomplishments  

  • Partnered with the university’s incident meteorologist to enhance early warning and detection systems by incorporating real-time data collection of weather conditions on campus through the installation of an integrated weather monitoring system. 
  • Collaborated with AT&T First Net Responder Network resources and the City of Austin Wireless Communications Division to conduct a comprehensive test of the public safety band usability during a live event setting. 
  • Increased Title IX awareness four-fold over normal annual numbers by providing training to the campus safety department and encouraging the campus safety and security committee — made up of more than 50 various organization representatives on campus — to complete similar training. 
  • Partnered with UT’s health services to spearhead a media effort using campus mascots to increase awareness around flu shot clinics around campus. 
  • Sits on the Greater Austin Travis County Regional Radio System (GATRRS) governing board, serving in a leadership role in support of a comprehensive APCO P25 compliant radio system. 
  • Part of the search committee for the City of Austin Fire Chief. 
  • Emergency Preparedness Office recognized nationally as the recipient of the Everbridge “Critical Event Management Impact Award.” 

About the Author


Amy is Campus Safety’s Senior Editor. Prior to joining the editorial team in 2017, she worked in both events and digital marketing.

Amy’s mother, brother, sister-in-law and a handful of cousins are teachers, motivating her to learn and share as much as she can about campus security. She has a minor in education and has worked with children in several capacities, further deepening her passion for keeping students safe.

In her free time, Amy enjoys exploring the outdoors with her husband, her son and her dog.

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