The 2017 Campus Safety Director of the Year Awards

The Director of the Year awards honor campus security professionals in the K-12, university and healthcare industries.

Congratulations to the Campus Safety Director of the Year award winners for 2017!

The winners were announced at Campus Safety Conference East in Philadelphia on July 13.

This year’s winners were Buffalo State College Police Chief Peter Carey, Memorial Healthcare Director of Public Safety Jeff Hauk and Georgetown County School District Director of Safety and Risk Management Alan Walters. Jeffrey Besong, who is the assistant vice president of public safety and chief of police at Point Part University has been named runner-up.

Carey, who won in this year’s higher education Director of the Year category, impressed the judges with his department’s accreditation by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services as well as his creation of his department’s bike patrol.

Hospital category winner Hauk demonstrated his expertise by establishing a standalone department of public safety and saving his organization $10,000 per year by installing LED lighting. His hospital was the first U.S. healthcare facility to obtain Suspicious Indicators Recognition Assessment training and certification.

In the K-12 track, judges were impressed with Walters’ rewriting of his district’s emergency operations plan and his arranging for the evacuations, shelters and recovery sites in response to Hurricane Matthew. He also supervised $1.5 million in renovations at 20 locations.

In-depth special coverage of Carey, Hauk and Walters will appear in the October and November/December issues of Campus Safety magazine.

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About the Author


Zach Winn is a journalist living in the Boston area. He was previously a reporter for Wicked Local and graduated from Keene State College in 2014, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in journalism and minoring in political science.

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