Campus Safety Now Accepting Nominations for 2021 Director of the Year

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

Campus Safety Now Accepting Nominations for 2021 Director of the Year

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It’s time to send in your nominations for the 2021 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.


How to Win the Director of the Year Award

Campus Safety magazine (CS) created the Director of the Year awards program 14 years ago to honor the best and brightest executives in hospital, university and school security, law enforcement and emergency management. Since then, the program has highlighted a wide variety of achievements in the campus security community.

Those accomplishments include everything from responding to natural disasters, improved event security technology installations, the adoption social-emotional learning programs, the development of innovative training techniques 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 healthcare Director of the Year, CoxHealth System Director of Public Safety Eric Clay, created his department’s own full-time training academy, offering more than 140 POST certified classes that are attended by CoxHealth officers, as well as law enforcement throughout the region.

This year’s higher ed winner, Quinnipiac University Chief of Public Safety Edgar Rodriguez, updated or added dispatch software, phones, laptops, video surveillance, radios, emergency notification system, call boxes, body cameras and more.

One of this year’s K-12 winners, Littleton Public Schools Director of Security and Emergency Planning Guy Grace, has implemented a wide array of school security innovations in his district that have been adopted by many other schools and organizations.

The other K-12 Director of the Year, Peoria (Illinois) Public Schools Safety Department Director Demario Boone, founded the Peoria Public Schools Gang Intervention Unit, helping to solve crime in the area and decrease student gang involvement.

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. 14), including recommendations from other administrators and employees

The Director of the Year Will Receive

  • Special editorial coverage and photos in a future issue of Campus Safety magazine as well as on
  • Recognition in the campus public safety, security and emergency management community
  • Free admission to one of next year’s Campus Safety Conferences, as well as two nights at the conference hotel
  • Finalists will also receive free admission to Campus Safety Conference East, which will take place July 11-13 in Washington, D.C.
  • A custom trophy

Nominations are due Dec. 14. Good luck to all of our nominees. May the best director win!


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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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