Prepare to Be Impressed: Director of the Year Finalists Shine Brighter than Ever
Congratulations to the much-deserving group of campus security, law enforcement and emergency management professionals who are this year’s Director of the Year finalists.
Amanda Guthorn, Assistant Vice President for Public Safety, La Salle University, Philadelphia
- Completely reorganized and overhauled the campus public safety department.
- Rewrote all department policies and procedures.
- Digitized the entire public safety operation so that it is now fully compliant with all state and federal regulations.
James Herring, Chief of Police, Murray State University Police Department, Murray, Ky.
- Replaced a poorly functioning computer-aided dispatch software with an updated solution.
- Upgraded the department’s patrol fleet with new vehicles through a lease/purchase agreement.
- Created the “DoNut Worry” event where officers give away donut holes and hot chocolate to students on their way to take exams.
Stephanie Hill, Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police, Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio
- Researched and implemented a campus-wide early alert system.
- Implemented a “green” sustainability initiative for the department.
- Re-energized the police department and advanced its reputation through training, discipline, accountability and stimulating creativity and growth.
Ronald Hurley, Associate Vice President of Public Safety, New Jersey City University, Jersey City, N.J.
- Repurposed parking lot attendants as security officers to avoid layoffs and increase patrols of parking lots.
- Created a crime prevention program called “Gotcha” where officers place stickers on unattended items left around campus. Thefts have decreased by 19 percent.
- Improved dispatch systems, which consolidated all radio communications without additional cost for separate frequency base hardware. Improved range and clarity of system by transitioning to digital.
James Johnson, Assistant Vice President for Campus Safety, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas
- Obtained $13 million in state and local funding to institute 36 safety-related projects prompted by a 2016 campus public safety review.
- Installed “safety hubs” at all primary building entrances that provide an identifiable sole after-hours entry point that include lighting, security cameras, access control, call boxes, AEDs and hemorrhage control kits.
- Enhanced his school’s severe weather warning and detection systems.
Thomas Kilcullen, Chief of Police, State University of New York (SUNY) at Geneseo, Geneseo, N.Y.
- Improved internal and external communications through equipment upgrades and mutual aid agreements.
- Increased his department’s ability to respond to people having mental health crises via its involvement in the IACP’s One Mind Campaign.
- Department became accredited through the New York State Law Enforcement Accreditation Program.
Randolph Merced, Director of Public Safety, Community College of Philadelphia, Philadelphia
- Led initiative to instruct faculty on civility in the classroom and how to control and manage students.
- Strategically upgraded the school’s video surveillance, emergency operations plans and social media campaigns.
- Co-wrote grant applications for funding sexual assault awareness programs on campus.
Christopher Shaw, Chief of Police, University of North Texas at Dallas, Dallas
- Successfully addressed the department’s 75 percent turnover rate and increased the number of officers from three to 14.
- Developed new general orders and departmental policies and procedures.
- Established a culture of accountability, integrity, civility and service within the department.
Garrett Brundage, Chief Officer for Safe Schools and Student Affairs, Rockdale County Public Schools, Conyers, Ga.
- Obtained a $4.5 million grant to address mental and behavioral health needs of students, social, emotional and physical development, and early learning.
- Facilitated opportunities to build healthy relationships with students through Gang Resistance Education and Training, and Choosing Healthy Methods Promoting Safety instruction.
- Implemented monthly lockdown, evacuation and reverse evacuation drills for all schools.
Mike Dods, Chief of Police, Enid Public Schools, Enid, Okla.
- Worked with district and site administrators on the adoption and implementation of new safety response protocols that are clear, consistent and relevant.
- Identified that teachers wanted student de-escalation and restraint training and provided that training.
- Now takes part in weekly briefings with city and county first responders, city officials, juvenile agencies, etc.
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