Campus safety magazine announces director of the year finalists

Check out this year’s outstanding campus public safety, security and emergency management leaders and the effective policies, procedures and technologies they use to protect their organizations.

By CS Staff · February 19, 2016

Congratulations to the finalists in the 9th Annual Campus Safety Director of the Year awards program! The winners and runners up will be announced at the Campus Safety Conference in Washington, D.C., this July. Complete coverage of the winners will appear this fall in Campus Safety magazine as well as on

The finalists and some of their notable achievements are:

Jonathan Finch
Director of Campus Safety and Police
Tri-County Technical College
Pendleton, S.C.
Notable Achievements:

  • Recommended and received approval from the college for the transitioning of his department officers from unarmed to armed.
  • Developed the colleges incident command team, and lead the team through multiple table-top exercises and workshops.
  • Developed more effective budgetary guidelines for department spending, which resulted in more than $5,000 cost savings over six months.

View his slideshow.

Brian Gard
Manager of Safety and Health
National Heritage Academies Inc.
Grand Rapids, Mich.
Notable Achievements:

  • Standardized safety practices and equipment in more than 80 NHA K-12 schools across nine states.
  • Created the role of the school safety specialist to be the resident safety expert on each NHA campus and trained the specialists how to conduct site assessments and de-escalate potentially violent situations.
  • Retrofitted campuses with vestibules and buzzer systems, and improved campus access control and visitor management policies and procedures.

View his slideshow.

Jeff Karpovich
Chief/Director, Security and Transportation
High Point University
High Point, N.C.
Notable Achievements:

  • Transitioned the security department from 12 to 85 security employees while starting and building the transportation and EP/Safety departments.
  • Installed in-car video systems in all patrol cars and deployed body-worn cameras for all mobile officers.
  • Introduced social media monitoring for threat assessments and to keep track of issues that are developing in the community.

View his slideshow.

Jeff Morgan
Director of Security and Emergency Management
University of Central Florida
Orlando, Fla.
Notable Achievements:

  • Developed a comprehensive emergency management program that is a model for the State University System of Florida.
  • Obtained 1603 Hearo Radios through a donation from the Florida Division of Emergency Management, saving $160,300 and expanding the UCF Alert system.
  • Hosted a regional full-scale mass casualty exercise, partnering with 60 agencies, 1,200 support personnel and over 1,000 participants.

View his slideshow.

Joseph Paulino
Chief of Police
San Bernardino City Unified School District
San Bernardino, Calif.
Notable Achievements:

  • Department participated in several programs designed to address at-risk youth challenges, including the Colton at Risk Teens Academy, the Gang Reduction Intervention Partnership (GRIP) and the San Bernardino County Gang and Drug Task Force.
  • Implemented a district-wide video surveillance system that is monitored 24/7 by the SBCUSD Police Department’s dispatch center. Live camera feeds can be viewed by officers on their laptops.
  • Upgraded the department’s two-way radio system, resolving communication interoperability issues between his department and other local police agencies.

View his slideshow.

Klay Peterson
Director of Public Safety/Chief of Police
University of South Carolina Upstate
Spartanburg, S.C.
Notable Achievements:

  • Negotiated inclusion into the Spartanburg county-wide public safety answering point.
  • Department of Public Safety managed the installation of access control systems in 11 campus buildings. The Police Department now has the ability to lock down these buildings in the event of an emergency.
  • Secured funding for the upgrade of the campus fire alarm systems. As the result of the support from many stakeholders across campus, the university now enjoys enhanced response times to fire alarm activations.

View his slideshow.

Jason Rossi
Director of One Card and Campus Security Systems
University of San Francisco
San Francisco, Calif.
Notable Achievements:

  • Improved visitor management by deploying facial recognition in cameras that scan students’ faces as they enter the dorms, matching them to the residence hall database.
  • Access control upgrades resulted in a 47 percent drop in thefts from buildings in the first year of the upgrade’s implementation.
  • Implemented a virtual escort program to keep students safe while walking home. Implementation freed up campus officers for more foot patrols.

View his slideshow.

Stan Skipworth
Director of Campus Safety
Claremont University Consortium
Claremont, Calif.
Notable Achievements:

  • Fostered improved relationships with leaders of all seven institutions within the consortium as well as with local law enforcement.
  • Launched a student assistant program to help the department with administrative functions, including vehicle and bike registrations, special event and community outreach support, and safe escorts for students.
  • Became Legislative Activities Chair for the California College & University Police Chiefs Association (CCUPCA) and helped develop public policy and anti-crime measures that were passed by the California legislature and signed into law by the governor.

View his slideshow.

Lisa Terry
Director of Hospital Police and Transportation
UNC Health Care
Chapel Hill, N.C.
Notable Achievements:

  • A Unified Security and Video System (VICTOR) has been added to one server, providing UNC with the ability to view all of its cameras from multiple sites. With over 2,200 cameras, this ability has helped investigations and improved the overall security of the hospital and its outlying clinics.
  • Restructured the general employee orientation, updated the department website so it’s more user friendly and built a Facebook and Twitter page for the department.
  • Began sending all security officers to the Homeland Security Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) with the goal of having all UNC officers trained in the basic healthcare incident command and response through the CDP by January 2017.

View her slideshow.

Kevin Wren
Director of Safety, Security and Emergency Management
Rock Hill Schools
York County, S.C.
Notable Achievements:

  • Developed and delivered an emergency management planning system with role-specific and site-specific components, quick reference guides and comprehensive scenario protocols.
  • Rolled out a district-wide online safety training system that led to an 18 percent decrease in accidents and claims.
  • Executed more than $5 million in security-driven capital improvements involving structural upgrades for access control, visitor management, video surveillance, digital radios and fences.

View his slideshow.

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