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2019 Board of Director Nominee Bios


Learn more about the 2019-2020 election candidates below. 

President-Elect Nominees: 

  • Eric Heath, University of Chicago: 

    Eric M. Heath serves as the Associate Vice President for the University of Chicago’s Department of Safety and Security. The University of Chicago’s Department of Safety and Security includes the UC Police Department (an accredited law enforcement agency), Environmental Health and Safety, Transportation and Parking, Emergency Management and several other major public safety units.  Prior to returning to the University of Chicago, Eric was the Assistant Vice President for Public Safety and Chief of Police for George Mason University’s Department of Police and Public Safety.

    For the past several years, Eric has served IACLEA on the Board of Directors as the Vice President for Finance; a position that is also a member of the Association’s Executive Committee.  In his role of VP for Finance, Eric chairs the Finance Committee and serves as the key liaison between board members and IACLEA staff in the development, improvement and/or appropriate use of the Association’s finances.  As a member of the Executive Committee, Eric works closely with the President and IACLEA’s Executive Director on new and continued IACLEA initiatives.   

    Eric first joined IACLEA as a newly promoted Lieutenant and immediately volunteered for several active roles in the advancement of the Association.  This led Eric to Chair the Awards and Recognition committee for several years and Co-Chair the Government Relations Committee where he represented IACLEA on numerous initiatives in Washington D.C.  For his work with the association, past IACLEA President David Perry awarded Eric with the IACLEA President’s Award at the 2015 Annual Conference. 

    Eric is a graduate of the University of Arkansas, where he started his public safety career, with a Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in Sociology and has attended the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.  A decorated Veteran who has served overseas in the Middle East, Eric has served in a public safety leadership capacity at several prominent institutions including the University of Arkansas, Vanderbilt University, and George Mason University.

  •  Patricia (Pat) Patton, University of Regina:

    Pat Patton started her career as a Patrol Officer in 1986 for Campus Security at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, SK. In 1996, Pat moved to the University of Regina and has overseen the development of Campus Security from a few part-time contract officers to a 24/7 operation with 16 staff and a Manager of Campus Security operations.

    In 2012, Pat was named the Director, Security and Operations, taking on additional responsibilities in Facilities Management. She continues in her roles as the key developer of security-related policy on campus as well as a key participant in strategic initiatives across campus including policy development for alcohol management, development of an Early Intervention Team and the co-chair of the “Man Up Against Violence” movement.

    Pat holds a Diploma in Justice Administration from Mount Royal University in Calgary, AB.  She is certified as a Crime Prevention Practitioner and is certified in Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED), Incident Management and University and College Administration and is presently taking classes for a Masters of Business Administration (completion date April 2020).  A long-time active member of IACLEA, Pat has participated various committees (Including Awards and Scholarships, Leadership Development, Regional Task Force, Board liaison for Education and Learning) is presently in her second term as the  Canadian representative on the IACLEA Board. In 2016, Pat was named Outstanding Alumni at Mount Royal University as well as Security Director of the Year by Canadian Security Magazine.


Director-at-Large Nominees:

  • Paul Dean, University of New Hampshire (incumbent): 

    Paul H. Dean is the Chief of Police and Assistant Vice President for Public Safety and Risk Management for the University of New Hampshire. Chief Dean is a 34-year veteran of law enforcement and holds a Master’s of Science in Leadership and, Bachelor’s of Science with honors in Criminal Justice Management from Granite State College. Chief Dean is a graduate of the 186th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA and The Babson College Command Officer Training program in Wellesley, MA.
    Chief Dean serves as an adjunct instructor for the Great Bay Community College-Criminal Justice and Homeland Security Program and, the University of New Hampshire Homeland Security Program. Chief Dean served as an adjunct instructor for Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) in collaboration with the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators Homeland Security Program, as an instructor in terrorism and emergency management related issues.
    Chief Dean serves on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) and as co-chair of the IACLEA Homeland Security & Domestic Preparedness Committee.
    Chief Dean is the President of the New Hampshire Campus Law Enforcement Administrators Association, Executive Board member of the NH Chiefs of Police-Strafford County Representative, Advisory Board member of the FBI National Academy in Quantico VA and, The United States Department of Homeland Security State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Government Coordinating Council (SLTGCC) and as an Executive Board member of the NH Joint Terrorism Task Force.

    Chief Dean serves on numerous committees at the University of New Hampshire, to include the Student/Faculty/Staff Behavioral Intervention Teams, Campus Climate Task Force, Transportation Safety and, Chairs the University Emergency Group. 

    Chief Dean is the recipient of the 2012 Granite State College Presidents’ Leadership award, 2013 Great Bay Community College Presidents’ outstanding adjunct Faculty award, 2014 NH Homeland Security award, 2015 LiveSafe Campus Hero award, 2016 Granite State College Victor Montana Community Leadership Award and, the 2016 NH Police Standards & Training Council Commendation for Training and Public Service.

  • Lewis Eakins, Idaho State University: 

    Lewis A. Eakins, PhD, CPP has over 35 years of law enforcement, emergency management, and security consulting experience. He is currently the Chief Security Officer & Director of Public Safety at Idaho State University with overall responsibilities for patrol operations, the dispatch center, emergency management, CCTV & card access systems, and parking enforcement on three (3) campuses. Lewis was formerly the Chief of Police at Oakwood University in Huntsville, AL; a Captain with the METRO Transit Police in Houston, TX; and the Assistant Chief of Police at Texas Southern University, also in Houston, TX.

    Lewis’ higher education experience has spanned the spectrum of state institutions of higher education (armed/sworn and armed/non-sworn), and a small private institution he led from non-sworn/unarmed to sworn/armed through a bill passed in the state legislature. He serves as a consultant and trainer for the Department of Education assisting institutions with emergency operations planning, and he conducts training on gender/implicit association bias for the Department of Justice for campus law enforcement and public safety officers.

    Lewis has held leadership positions in national and regional organizations, and he currently serves as the chairperson for IACLEA’s Education & Learning Committee. The Education & Learning Committee planned and sponsored the inaugural offering of the First-Line Supervisor Institute in early January 2019. Lewis was also a presenter at IACLEA annual conferences held in Phoenix, AZ in 2016, and Montreal, Canada in 2014.

    Lewis is board certified (CPP) in Security Management by ASIS International, as well as being certified by FEMA as a Professional Continuity Practitioner (PCP). He has attended numerous law enforcement, executive development, and emergency management training courses. He is a recent graduate of FEMA’s National Emergency Management Executive Academy Cohort II.

    Lewis has an AS degree in Police Science from Calhoun Community College; a BS degree in Criminal Justice & Business Administration from Athens State University; a MS degree in Security Management from Bellevue University; and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration with a concentration in Homeland Security Policy and Coordination from Walden University. His research interests are public safety leadership and implicit association bias.

  • Gerald Lewis, the University of Texas at San Antonio: 

    Gerald Lewis, Jr. is the Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Chief of Police at The University of Texas at San Antonio, appointed in August 2016. Chief Lewis oversees the Public Safety Division at UTSA, which includes the UTSA Police Department, Emergency Management, Environmental Health, Safety, and Risk Management.

    Chief Lewis holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Fairleigh Dickinson University and was an adjunct professor at the university. He is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute Executive Training Program.

    Lewis is a member of numerous police executive organizations including CALEA (Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies), IACLEA (International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators), NOBLE (National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives), IACP (International Association of Chiefs of Police) and PERF (Police Executive Research Forum).

    He serves on the San Antonio F.B.I. Joint Terrorism Task Force Executive Advisory Board as well as the San Antonio University Police Chief’s Association. He has now served as chief of police at two dually accredited (CALEA, IACLEA) university police agencies.

    Lewis is known for his calm demeanor and engaging personality.  He has formulated outstanding working relationships with students, faculty, staff and visitors.  Chief Lewis is a visible presence on the UTSA campus.  His proactive approach to university policing and community engagement have formed partnerships with other university departments and organizations.

    Lewis joined UTSA after serving as Chief of Police of the East Carolina University Police Department since January 2014, after a distinguished 26-year career as a New Jersey State Trooper. Lewis enlisted with the New Jersey State Police as a member of the 109th State Police Training Class in November 1987. Recognized as the outstanding recruit in his class by his peers, he was selected to deliver his class graduation commencement speech. Lewis received two Division awards for his heroic actions. He received a Meritorious Service Award for his role in the pursuit and arrest of a carjacking suspect. He also received a Certificate of Commendation Award for performing the Heimlich maneuver and saving a choking victim in South Carolina.

    Lewis attained the rank of Major and served as the Commanding Officer of the Office of Community Affairs.  He previously served as the Director of Communications, the first African-American to hold the position of Chief Spokesperson for the New Jersey State Police.

    As the commanding officer of the Office of Community Affairs, Lewis became the face of the New Jersey State Police in the various communities with which he interacted.  Lewis partnered with the N.A.A.C.P., clergy, and community leaders to ensure that qualified minority candidates were recruited and afforded the opportunity to become New Jersey State Troopers. The partnership resulted in the two most diverse classes in State Police history, graduating in 2013.

    Lewis was the recipient of the prestigious NAACP President’s Award presented by the Gloucester County Branch of the NAACP.  He was also awarded the inaugural Major Gerald Lewis Community Service Award named in his honor by the Southern Burlington County Branch of the NAACP.

    Lewis received the Dr. Edward W. Verner Leadership Award presented by the Newark North Jersey Committee of Black Churchmen for facilitating Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Diversity within the New Jersey State Police. He has received awards from the Orthodox Jewish community, New Jersey Elks, New Jersey Chaplains Association, and the Christian Love Baptist Church Community Service Award for his efforts in community outreach. 

    Chief Lewis now resides in San Antonio, Texas with his wife Michelle and son Aaron (13).

  • Vance Rice, Mississippi State University: 

    Born and raised in Northwest Arkansas, married to Tammy and has two children, Garrison and Kassidy. 

    Vance worked for 25 years for the University of Arkansas Police where he rose to Captain before he retired.  During his time there, he worked in or led many divisions, he also earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management, and a Master’s Degree in Operations Management, both from the University of Arkansas. 

    Vance was hired as Chief of Police at Mississippi State University in July of 2014. As Chief, he has raised the level of professionalism and substantially upgraded equipment used by the department.  The biggest accomplishments have been a complete renovation of the communications center and creation of the Life Safety Division.  Through the Life Safety Division all video surveillance and access control have been standardized across the entire campus and are being expanded substantially. 

  • Michael Thompson, Arizona State University: 

    Chief Michael Thompson joined the Arizona State University Police Department in May 2008 after spending 20 years with the City of Mesa Police Department, AZ. in a variety of assignments, including Sergeant,(patrol, jail, bike unit, community action, advanced training, School Resource Officer supervisor, Criminal Law lead instructor) Detective and Forensic/ Composite Artist.

    He has served as Commander at the West campus, as Commander of the Support Services Division at the Tempe campus and as Assistant Chief of Support Services of the department.  He was appointed Chief of Police in October 2014.

    He is a graduate of AZPOST Leadership in Police Organizations, The PERF Senior Management Institute for Policing and has completed numerous law enforcement related training courses. He is the President of the board of directors for Community Bridges a statewide mental health and substance abuse service provider. Michael is an adjunct faculty member at Arizona State University. He is currently the Vice President of the East Valley Association of Chiefs of Police, Michael has received a Master of Administration/Leadership degree and a Master of Education from Northern Arizona University and is currently a doctoral student at Arizona State University.

International Regional Director Nominees:

  • Terry Branch, Imperial College London: 

    Terry Branch joined the security team at Imperial College London in 2001 and has been the Head of security services since 2008 where he manages an in house team of 156 officers covering 9 campuses. Terry has been an active member of AUCSO since 2007 and is the current London regional chair and the lead for AUCSO on Domestic Extremism and Counter Terrorism. He is also the sector lead for higher education for the CSSC (Cross sector safety and security communications). Terry was also on the steering group for the publication of the AUCSO emergency management project

    Terry is the founder of the South Kensington Business Resilience forum where local businesses and neighbours including iconic businesses such as the Science Museum, Natural history Museum, the V&A and the Royal Albert hall are all active members.

    Terry is currently involved in developing a training programme for “first responders on scene” to ensure that Imperial College security staff and emergency wardens are trained to respond to catastrophic bleeding and trauma in light of recent terrorist attacks across the UK and continental Europe. He hopes to roll this out across other HE institutions and local businesses. Terry has also helped develop and set up an application to assist International students when they come to the UK to study which will send out security alerts, have a 24hr hotline and offer legal, medical and security advice to users.

    Terry’s university career was preceded by 10 years in construction management and 14 year’s service in the Royal Marines which included 4 operational tours in Northern Ireland.  

  • Malcolm Dawson, University of Leeds: 

    Malcolm Dawson has over 42 year’s security experience with both the North Yorkshire Police, where he served for 15 years, and the University of Leeds, where he has worked for the last 27 years, 16 of those in a Senior Security Management position. Malcolm was appointed the Security Services Manager in February 2017, and he is now responsible for all Strategic and Operational Security matters at the University of Leeds.

    Malcolm joined North Yorkshire Police in 1975, serving in town and rural locations including ‘Heartbeat Country’ on the North Yorkshire Moors. He then joined the University in 1991, following a brief business venture. 

    Malcolm works closely in partnership with West Yorkshire Police, and he was pivotal in having their own police officer on campus, and more recently a police station on campus housing over 120 officers. He was awarded a Police Commanders Commendation for his partnership work in July, 2013 for all his hard work at Leeds University where he is a key proponent of partnership working through numerous schemes ensuring that the University of Leeds is a safe environment for students, staff and visitors. Malcolm has also been awarded a commendation by the University Vice-Chancellor for his exceptional commitment to Health and Safety. He has also being a consecutive two time Finalist (2012 and 2013) in the Security Manager of the year Category, at the Annual Security Excellence Awards in London. 

    Malcolm has supported AUCSO, the Association of University Chief Security Officers, for over 20 years or more and he is the former Executive Chair of AUCSO for the Northern Region. In 2013, Malcolm was the first recipient from across HE establishments in the UK, to be chosen to represent AUCSO in the first ever AUCSO/IACLCEA International Exchange Programme where he spent a week at the Georgia Institute of Technology, in Georgia, Atlanta, USA, with Chief of Police Teresa Crocker. Following his exchange Malcolm went on to present a summary of his visit to his AUCSO colleagues at the following year’s AUCSO Conference at Roehampton, where he was accompanied and introduced on stage by Vicki Weaver, who at that time, was the current IACLEA President.

    On the 13th June 2015, Malcolm was recognised in the Queens 2015 Birthday Honours List and was awarded, by, Her Majesty the Queen, the British Empire Medal (BEM) for Services to Higher Education and Students.

    Malcolm is a proud member of the Security Institute, and he is also a Vice President of York City Football Club, a professional Football Club in North Yorkshire, sadly, following two successive relegations, are now playing in the 6th Tier of English Football.

    Malcolm is married, has two children and 3 grandchildren and is a football, cricket and snooker fanatic.

Mid-America Regional Director Nominees:

  • Helen Haire, University of Northern Iowa (incumbent): 

    Helen Haire has served as the Chief of Police/Director of Public Safety at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa, since 2012.  Prior to taking the position at UNI, she served with the Louisiana State University Police Department for 24 years where she attained the rank of Police Major.  Haire received a Bachelor's degree in History/Political Science from the University of Mississippi and a Master's degree in Criminal Justice from Faulkner University and graduated from the FBI National Academy. 

    At the University of Northern Iowa, Chief Haire is responsible for the operations of the Police Division as well as the Parking Division, leading both sworn and non-sworn personnel.   Additional responsibilities include emergency management and Clery compliance.  In her role as Chief/Director, she participates on several university committees including Threat Assessment (chair), Risk Management, Community Partnership Task Force, and Student Intervention.   She is a member of the Senior Vice President's management team and the President's Cabinet and provide input on university matters involving public safety.

    In 2018 Chief Haire became the IACLEA Mid-America Regional Director after Tom Johnson retired from campus law enforcement.  As an IACLEA member, she served on and chaired the Communications Committee and is currently the Board liaison to the committee. Haire is also a member of the Finance Committee and the Regional Task Force.

  • Matt Kiederlen, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater:

    Chief Kiederlen began his path toward policing while serving in the United States Marine Corp from 1987-1991. He began his policing career at Northern Illinois University as a patrol officer 1993. While at NIU held positions as a detective, corporal, sergeant and lieutenant, served on the DeKalb County Major

    Crimes Unit, provided security for dignitaries – including than Vice-President Dick Cheney and Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, and oversaw the development of a Critical Incident Response Team. He became Chief at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2007, growing the department by over 25%, implementing modern problem oriented policing philosophies and emergency management policies.

    Chief Kiederlen holds an Associate’s Degree in Law Enforcement from Kishwaukee College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Management and Leadership from Judson University and a Master’s Degree in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration from Western Illinois University and is the co-author of the whitepaper “Beyond Tactical: Recommendations and Practices for Successful Public Order Management on College and University Campuses”. His Master’s thesis was on public satisfaction with the UW- Whitewater Police Department. He is a graduate of Northwestern University Center for Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command. He has participated in the program and action reviews of several universities, as a member of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrator’s (IACLEA) Loaned Executive Management Program. He is also represents IACLEA and the IACP University and College Section, as a member of the Criminal Justice Information Systems Advisory Policy Board, Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Subcommittee for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

    Chief Kiederlen has been married to Dana for 31 years, has 6 children and 6 ½ grand-children (one on the way!).

  • Kristen Roman, University of Wisconsin-Madison:

    Kristen Roman was appointed Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief of Police of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Police Department in January of 2017. She holds a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Boston University, and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  While a student at UW-Madison, she was a member of the UW Women’s Volleyball team.

    Prior to her appointment to Chief of Police, Kristen served for 27 years with the City of Madison Police Department.  During her tenure there, she held a variety of positions including Police Officer, Recruiting Officer, Community Relations Sergeant, Professional Standards & Internal Affairs Lieutenant, Detective Lieutenant, Patrol Operations Lieutenant, Special Events Team Commander, Crisis Negotiation Team Commander, and Community Outreach Captain.  In addition, she coordinated department Critical Incident Stress Management efforts and developed and supervised the department’s Peer Support Program.

    A defining feature of Kristen’s career is her extensive work in the area of improving police services to people with mental illness.  A past board member of NAMI Dane County and Journey Mental Health Center, Kristen has conducted multiple local, statewide, and national trainings/presentations on police-mental health response and collaboration. Most recently, she developed and instructed a course for IACLEA’s Universal Issues Series entitled, Mental Health Concerns on Campus. In addition to her work with IACLEA as a trainer/presenter, Kristen serves on IACLEA’s Distance Learning Committee and as such, this past year she facilitated two webinars on Campus Response to Protests and Demonstrations.  Her other professional association memberships include the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Police Executive Research Forum, and the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives.

    A graduate of the Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command, PERF’s Senior Management Institute for Police, and IACLEA’s Executive Development Institute, Kristen is committed to collaborative approaches to ensuring safety and to the practice of always reaching higher.



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