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Kim Vansell

Now working in Burlington, Vt., Kim Vansell has an opportunity to impact public safety on college and university campuses across the nation as the inaugural director of the National Center for Campus Public Safety. Vansell accepted this new position in May 2014 after retiring from UCM as director emeritus of public safety.

The center works closely with the U.S. Department of Justice to provide a "one-stop shop for campus public safety," with objectives that include serving as a resource for campus police chiefs, public safety directors, emergency managers, and key campus stakeholders. It brings together all forms of campus public safety, professional associations, advocacy organizations, community leaders and others to expand services to those who are charged with providing a safe environment on U.S. colleges and universities.


Vansell began her work at UCM as a part-time dispatcher in 1983 and became a full-time police officer in September 1984. After she was promoted to shift sergeant in April 1987, she was selected as police/community services sergeant in 1999, then became chief and director of public safety in March 2011.


Her numerous accomplishments at UCM include initiating, developing and leading the Campus Safety Commission and the Law Enforcement Eligibility Preparation program; working to make UCM the first university to initiate the Campus Eye smart-phone application for reporting crimes; and introducing, leading and developing the community-wide Sexual Assault Response Team.


She also introduced, coordinated, managed and provided response options to armed intruder training for the campus community and for local and regional school district board members, staff, and students. She also had a strong record as an author or co-author on grant applications in support of public safety measures.

A UCM alumnus, Vansell earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice administration and master's degree in security from UCM. She also attended the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va.