Joplin Tornado Survivor to Deliver Keynote at the 2023 Campus Safety Conferences

Dr. C.J. Huff, retired superintendent for the Joplin, Missouri School District, will share at this summer’s CSCs his recovery and leadership journey following the May 22, 2011 tornado that destroyed much of his district.

Joplin Tornado Survivor to Deliver Keynote at the 2023 Campus Safety Conferences

The Campus Safety Conferences will take place in Henderson, Nevada, July 10-12, and Dallas, Texas, July 31-August 2. For more information and to register, visit

The 2023 Campus Safety Conferences (CSCs) are pleased to announce that retired Joplin School District Superintendent Dr. C.J. Huff will be delivering the opening keynotes at CSC West on July 11 and at CSC Texas on August 1.

In his presentation, titled “If I Had a Dime…,” Huff will discuss his and his district’s experience before, during, and after the massive EF5 tornado that devastated the schools and other buildings in his district, as well as most of the surrounding community of Joplin, Missouri.

“If I had a dime for every time I said, ‘You gotta take care of yourself before you can take care of others!’ I would have been able to rebuild our entire community after our disaster,” says Huff about his experience following the 2011 twister.

In his CSC sessions, which are sponsored by CEIA USA, he’ll share his journey’s implications for other school leaders who are now leading their campus communities through pandemic recovery.

Attendees will leave this session with practical strategies and an understanding of the “3 Pillars” that serve as the leadership foundation for career-sustaining behaviors that can make a difference in the mental health and wellness of not only yourself, but those you lead.

The Campus Safety Conferences will take place in Henderson, Nevada, July 10-12, and Dallas, Texas, July 31-August 2. They are intensive educational and training events for those involved in protecting our nation’s schools and institutions of higher education. The CSCs feature critical safety and security sessions for K-12 and college campuses, full-day, hands-on-learning workshops, 50+ product and solution providers, and extensive opportunities to network with campus peers from across the country.

For more information and to register, visit

Registration is now open for the 2023 Campus Safety Conferences. CSC West will be in Henderson, Nevada, July 10-12, and CSC Texas will be in Dallas, July 31 - August 2. CLICK HERE for more information and to register.

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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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