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President Heath, New Board Members Sworn In to Office for 2020-2021

IACLEA President Eric M. HeathEric M. Heath, associate vice president for safety and security at the University of Chicago (Illinois), was sworn into office June 25, during IACLEA’s Virtual Annual Conference. He immediately assumed his duties. Immediate Past President Paul Ominsky also swore in the remainder of the Board of Directors, which includes President-Elect Patrick Ogden, associate vice president and chief of police at the University of Delaware.




 Other newly elected members of the Board of Directors are:

Director-at-Large Kristen Roman (2020–2023)

Associate Vice-Chancellor and Chief of Police, University of Wisconsin-Madison Police Department

North Atlantic Region Director Jim Pollard (2020–2023)

Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police, Babson College (Massachusetts)

President-Elect Patrick Ogden (2020–2023)

Associate Vice President and Chief of Police, University of Delaware

Southeast Region Director Vance Rice (2020–2023)

Chief of Police, Mississippi State University 

Southwest Region Director Michael Thompson (2020–2023)

Chief of Police, Arizona State University Police Department

Vice President for Finance John Ojeisekhoba (2020–2023)

Associate Vice President and Chief of Campus Safety John Ojeisekhoba, Biola University (California)

President Heath addressed participants in the swearing-in ceremony via Zoom (this session was recorded and is part of the Virtual Annual Conference package, which can still be purchased) noting, “I have been fortunate in my career to have worked for, and to have been mentored by, two past presidents of this association, Marlon Lynch and the late Lawrence Slamons.

Both of these leaders--campus public safety visionaries in their own right-- instilled in me the importance of this association, the value of volunteer service to our profession, and the responsibilities we all have to our membership and fellow colleagues.  These principles have never been more important than they are today.”

With a national discussion about police reform underway, President Heath asserted that campus police and public safety leaders have a vital role to play. ‘I firmly believe that campus police and public safety professionals have and will continue to lead change in public safety.  Among our IACLEA membership are leading experts on the very issues that need to be at the forefront of the discussion on both the pandemic and eradicating racism in law enforcement and the criminal justice system.  There is no doubt in my mind that we have valuable insight and experiences to share with our peers both inside and outside of campus public safety.”

Chief Ogden expressed enthusiasm for his new leadership role. “The opportunity to continue my IACLEA service as President-Elect is humbling, exciting, and a tremendous honor. We have a strong association of dedicated professionals who are committed to global networking, problem-solving, and establishing best practices for our profession.  I look forward to the challenges ahead and fostering a collaborative spirit of innovation to advance our mission during these unprecedented times.”

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