Nominations for 2023 Director of the Year Awards Due Dec. 12

Tell us about your campus security, emergency management and/or public safety top executive and why he or she deserves our Director of the Year award.

Nominations for 2023 Director of the Year Awards Due Dec. 12

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Campus Safety is pleased to announce that we are once again accepting nominations for the 2023 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 goes above and beyond the call of duty, demonstrating outstanding leadership skills, ingenuity, selflessness and overall achievement, we encourage you to submit his or her (or your) nomination.

Director of the Year

Director of the Year nominations must be submitted by December 12, 2022.


How to Win the Director of the Year Award

Now in its 16th 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 achievements in the campus security community.

Those accomplishments include everything from responding to natural disasters, security technology installations, the development of innovative and effective training programs and more. I encourage those considering submitting nominations to review our coverage of past winners and finalists so you can get a good idea of the scope of achievements our Director of the Year program recognizes.

For example, this year’s higher education winner, Anthony Pluretti, who is executive director of campus safety at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania,  spearheaded a motivational leadership model that encourages employees to assess their own personal goals and career trajectories.

This year’s K-12 winner Allen Cain, who is director of safety and security for Gilbert Public Schools in Gilbert, Arizona, partnered with Gilbert Public School’s operational department to construct secure entryways at six district schools.

The 2022 healthcare winner, Paul Sarnese, who is assistant vice president of environmental services, security, and safety for Virtua Health in Marlton, New Jersey,  provided medical care and additional support to more than 1,000 refugees from Afghanistan.

Be Sure to Follow These 4 Steps 

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. 12), including recommendations from other administrators and employees

The Director of the Year Will Receive

  • Special editorial coverage and photos on
  • Recognition in the campus public safety, security and emergency management community
  • Free admission to next year’s Campus Safety Conference West, which will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, July 10-12, as well as two nights at the conference hotel
  • Finalists will also receive free admission to the 2023 Campus Safety Conference West
  • A custom trophy

Nominations are due Dec. 12. Good luck to all of our nominees. May the best director win!


About the Author

Robin Hattersley Gray

Robin has been covering the security and campus law enforcement industries since 1998 and is a specialist in school, university and hospital security, public safety and emergency management, as well as emerging technologies and systems integration. She joined CS in 2005 and has authored award-winning editorial on campus law enforcement and security funding, officer recruitment and retention, access control, IP video, network integration, event management, crime trends, the Clery Act, Title IX compliance, sexual assault, dating abuse, emergency communications, incident management software and more. Robin has been featured on national and local media outlets and was formerly associate editor for the trade publication Security Sales & Integration. She obtained her undergraduate degree in history from California State University, Long Beach.

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