2022 Mid-America Director Candidate - Helen Haire
Helen Haire, Chief of Police, University of Northern Iowa (Incumbent):
Helen 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. She 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, she 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), Enterprise Risk Management, Community Partnership Task Force, and Student Care Team. She is a member of the Senior Vice President's leadership team and the University Council and provide input on university matters involving public safety.
In 2018, she became the IACLEA Mid-America Regional Director after Tom Johnson retired from campus law enforcement. As an IACLEA member, she has attended the Annual Conferences since 2009 and has served on and chaired the Communications Committee. Currently, she is the Board liaison for the Communications Committee. In 2019, she was honored to be elected as the Mid-America Regional Director; and in that role, she has served on the Regional Task Force and is still a member of the Finance Committee and am the Board liaison to the Communications committee. Most recently, she had the privilege to serve on the Executive Director Search Committee.