Director of the Year Nominations Are Due Dec. 11

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Director of the Year Nominations Are Due Dec. 11

The 2023 Campus Safety Director of the Year finalists and winners were recognized during a ceremony at Campus Safety Conference West in July. (Photo: The Photo Group)

We blinked and it’s that time of year again to submit nominations for the 2024 Campus Safety Director of the Year awards program! If you know a K-12 school, higher education, or healthcare facility police chief, security director, emergency manager, or VP of security and/or public safety (or the equivalent) who surpasses the call of duty with their outstanding leadership skills, inventiveness, and selflessness, we encourage you to submit their (or your!) nomination.

Campus Safety Director of the Year

Click here for complete 2024 Director of the Year nomination information.


How to Win the Director of the Year Award

Now in its 17th year, Campus Safety’s Director of the Year awards program honors the best and brightest executives in hospital, university and school security, law enforcement, and emergency management. The program highlights a wide variety of accomplishments achieved by campus security leaders and their departments, including reimagined community policing, effective severe weather response, creating a safety department from scratch, enhanced mass notification, and protecting the vulnerable, just to name a few. Those considering submitting nominations would significantly benefit from looking through editorial coverage of past winners and finalists to get an idea of the scope of achievements our Director of the Year program recognizes.

For example, one of this year’s K-12 winners, Lake Zurich CUSD 95 District Safety Manager Danielle Stevens, completed 90% of recommendations made by an outside security consultant in just three years. Mike Newton, who is director of safety and security for the Elizabeth School District in Elizabeth, Colo., and tied with Stevens for the K-12 winning spot, applied for and was awarded $730,000 in school safety grants focused on radio interoperability and school hardening.

This year’s higher education/healthcare winner Jason Schiffer, who is assistant vice president of campus safety and chief of police at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Penn., reversed mandatory arrest policies for alcohol violations, reducing arrests by 90% with no statistically significant increase in crimes or alcohol-related medical incidents.

Be Sure to Follow These 4 Steps When Submitting Your Nomination

Following these four steps will ensure your nomination has the best chance of getting the judges’ attention:

  1. Clearly describe in a reasonable amount of detail the accomplishments of your nominee (submissions should be no more than 15 pages in length)
  2. Provide specific examples that demonstrate their achievements
  3. Whenever possible, provide quantifiable data as to why your nominee deserves to win
  4. Get your materials in on time (nominations are due Dec. 11), including endorsements from other administrators and employees

Please note that judges score each criterion using a 1-5 scale. Not including information on one or several of the judging criteria will likely impact your chances of being named a winner (e.g., if the nomination material doesn’t provide any example(s) of how the nominee fosters excellent community relations, a 1 scoring would be applied and bring down the average).

What Will the Directors of the Year Receive?

The Director of the Year winners, which will be announced at the 2024 Campus Safety Conference, will receive:

  • Special editorial coverage and photos on
  • Recognition in the campus public safety, security, and emergency management community
  • Free admission to the 2024 Campus Safety Conference
  • Free admission to the 2025 Campus Safety Conference
  • A custom trophy

Nominations are due Dec. 11. Good luck to all of our nominees. May the best directors win!


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