Mar 11, 2019
Dear IACLEA Members,
On March 4, Executive Director Sue Riseling informed the Board of Directors during our spring meeting of her decision to retire at the conclusion of her contract, August 3, 2019. The Board accepted her resignation and immediately began deliberations about this important transition. We are committed to a thoughtful, fair, and timely process to recruit another superb executive director. ED Riseling, the Board, and the staff will strive to ensure the transition is as seamless as possible and the benefits and services you expect remain first-rate.
Even as the Board determines the timeline and process for the search, I ask you to consider whether you or other exemplary campus public safety administrators may be the right leader for IACLEA. We will share a job description and application process in the near term.
As many of you have witnessed, ED Riseling has led an incredible transformation of the Association in the past 2½ years since assuming her duties as IACLEA’s full-time executive director. She led the complicated process to end the 33-year contract with the association management firm and build an independent IACLEA. She and the team she hired to work exclusively for IACLEA (not part-time as management consultants), with the support of the Board of Directors:
- opened the Association headquarters in suburban Washington, DC, providing cost-effective and easy access to downtown Washington, DC, as mandated in the strategic plan
- improved IACLEA communications, including redesigning the Campus Law Enforcement Journal and rebuilding iaclea.org
- developed a year-round training program of in-person and online offerings, on timely and ever-present topics
- revised our financial management systems to support the Board’s sound fiscal management, optimize investment strategies, and improve transparency to the membership
- expanded and improved our professional services offerings, including providing management evaluations and a revamped Accreditation program (in progress)
- created new sections to better represent the diversity of the campus public safety profession
- expanded partnerships with federal law enforcement agencies, ensuring valuable dissemination of timely resources, and higher education organizations
- sought and received federal grants to benefit the membership and campus public safety
- established the Global Center for Campus Public Safety.
These changes and others—many visible, some behind-the-scenes—led to better service to you, as well as the largest Annual Conference & Exposition in IACLEA’s history in 2018 and a doubling of IACLEA membership to more than 4,100, among other achievements.
She has left her mark—and the changes have been of great value for IACLEA members.
ED Riseling, of course, will continue to give her usual 110% in service to IACLEA until her departure date, as the organization prepares for the 2019 Annual Conference and College and University Police Investigators Conference (CUPIC) this summer.
We will have several opportunities to honor ED Riseling for her invaluable contributions in the coming months. But I will start by saying that on behalf of the Board of Directors, we offer our colleague and friend Sue our thanks for her one-of-a-kind contributions, steadfast dedication, and extraordinary vision.
Yours in campus public safety,