Regina Lawson, CAS Director and Wake Forest's police chief for the past 20 years, is a finalist for the 2012 Campus Safety Director of the Year Award. Lawson serves on the CAS Board as the representative from the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA).
Campus Safety Magazine, which presents the award annually, selected Lawson as a 2012 Campus Safety Director of the Year finalist. The magazine offered an opportunity for the community to express support for a candidate by voting on its website, but it will also rely on a list of criteria in selecting the award recipient. Judging criteria include, in part, a candidate's leadership and management abilities, efforts to foster excellent community relations, abilities to manage a budget efficiently, and talent for creating and employing innovative solutions to challenges. Eligible candidates for the award include university, hospital and school officials who hold such positions as police chief, director of public safety and security and emergency manager; the winner will be announced in April 2013.
Lawson joined Wake Forest's police department in 1989 as assistant chief. The University appointed Lawson as police chief in 1992. Lawson has played leading roles in creating or expanding the University's community policing initiative; crisis management team; CARE team (Campus Assessment Response and Evaluation); victim assistance program; town-gown relationship efforts; campus police advisory groups; campus emergency response team; and numerous student safety and training programs. Lawson is a graduate of UNC Wilmington, where she worked on the campus police department before joining Wake Forest. Read more about Lawson in the Winston-Salem Journal.
CAS was established in 1979 to develop standards that promote college student learning and promote self-assessment for institutional effectiveness. Composed of 39 collaborating professional associations representing over 100,000 professionals in higher education, CAS has developed standards and guidelines for 43 diverse areas of the college student experiences.
The eighth edition of the book, CAS Professional Standards for Higher Education, was released in August 2012. The book of standards is the defining source of professional standards for many of the services provided to students in higher education. Along with the book, CAS also released an updated CD of all 43 functional area self-assessment guides (SAGs). The SAGs provide institutions of higher education with strategies for assessing program and service effectiveness based on the evidence a self-study team gathers and evaluates. Information about CAS and its efforts over its more than three decades can be found at https://www.cas.edu.
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