Vansell Named Interim Public Safety Director
Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (March 10, 2011) – A Knob Noster resident who has served the University of Central Missouri for 27 years, Kim Vansell has been named interim director of the university’s Department of Public Safety. Vansell, who has served UCM since 1999 as Police/Community Services sergeant, today will assume responsibilities for a post held by Bob Ahring, who has retired as director of public safety.
"I look forward to the opportunity to work along with the talented team of professionals in public safety and the campus community to continually enhance the student experience at Central," she said.
A UCM alumnus, Vansell earned a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice administration in 1990 and followed that with a master of science degree in security in 1997. She attended the FBI National Academv in Quantico, VA, in 2008.
Vansell began her career working as a communications officer in public safety in 1983. She climbed the ranks to become a police officer a year later, and was named shift sergeant in 1987, the last position she held before accepting her most recent post in 1999. In addition to her work in public safety, she has served the National Police Institute at UCM since 1993 as a generalist instructor, instructing students on topics of domestic violence, crisis intervention, communication obstacles, report writing, and more. She was an adjunct instructor for the academic Department of Criminal Justice from 2004-2005.
As police, community services sergeant, Vansell has coordinated community service and crime prevention programs for the university community; provided police-related services; compiled and published university crime statistics and the university annual security and fire report in accordance with federal law; and researched and prepared physical security analysis. Additional responsibilities have included supervising the Access Control division of public safety, where she coordinated access control and security issues with university administrative staff and campus department administrators.
She also participated in campus and community committees and task forces related to crime prevention and police functions. Such participation includes involvement in Missouri Partners in Prevention, Warrensburg Area Partners in Prevention, the UCM Campus Alcohol Board, and the Johnson County Sexual Assault Response Team. She served as president and member of the Johnson County Domestic Violence Task Force Advisory Board from 2002-2009.
Vansell has made numerous presentations before professional groups at the local and state levels, and has considerable experience in grant writing. Her efforts have helped the university and the local community gain nearly $1.5 million in grant awards since 2002 to improve technology needs for UCM public safety, address issues related to drinking and driving, prevent underage drinking, and reduce domestic violence and violent crimes against women.