The Opportunity

Colgate University invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of associate vice president for campus safety, emergency management, and environmental health & safety. The experienced professional will oversee these areas along with providing leadership for crisis response and the overall health and safety of the community.

Colgate University is a highly selective liberal arts institution known for its intellectual rigor, world-class professors, campus of stunning beauty, and alumni famously loyal to their alma mater. Ranked among the top twenty liberal arts colleges in the country by US News & World Report, Colgate offers a challenging academic environment and close contact with faculty and staff. Established in 1819, the university seeks to continue its tradition of academic excellence with a comprehensive Third-Century Plan designed to take the institution into the next century. Providing over 55 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, Colgate is a residential college and enrolls 3,000 students representing 50 states and 74 countries. The university is located in Hamilton, New York, recognized as one of the country’s most friendly towns and is set within one hour driving time of Syracuse and Utica. Colgate University was named in 2021 as one of the Top 30 Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs by ACPA and Diverse Issues in Higher Education.

The Position

Role of the Associate Vice President for Campus Safety, Emergency Management, and Environmental Health & Safety for Colgate University

The associate vice president for campus safety, emergency management, and environmental health & safety provides effective and preeminent leadership in times of crises, conflict, and other challenges facing the campus and for effectively avoiding and mitigating risk. The position is accountable for providing advice, counsel, and expertise on campus safety, environmental health, and emergency management issues across the University and in partnership with the community. Areas of focus include responsibility for: leadership for the Emergency Operations Center; overall health and safety of the Colgate community, to include faculty, staff, students, and visitors; high quality development, implementation, and evaluation of campus safety programs and services; effective implementation of federal and university standards and regulation for safety/security; development of effective relationships and coordination with relevant law enforcement agencies including government investigation units and mutual law enforcement functions; development of effective emergency protocols and plans as they relate to assigned areas; participation in labor agreement negotiations and other labor related issues, as required; delivery of security/safety training to the campus community; and campus and university community relations with campus safety services and staff.

History of the Position

Daniel Gough came to Colgate in 2011 to serve as associate vice president for campus safety, emergency management, and environmental health & safety. After leaving briefly in 2016 to work at another university, he returned to the same position at Colgate in 2017. Gough will depart the position in June 2021.

Opportunities and Challenges of the Role

The new associate vice president for campus safety, emergency management and environmental health & safety (AVP) must provide effective and prominent leadership in times of crises, conflict, and other challenges facing the campus. The position is accountable for providing advice, counsel, and expertise on campus safety, environmental health, and emergency management issues across the university and in partnership with the community. The AVP should possess strong abilities and expertise in law enforcement and security practices within the context of a small, private, and rural liberal arts university.

Additional challenges and opportunities for the new AVP as articulated by stakeholders are as follows:

  • the new AVP will need to be collaborative and capable of harnessing and directing a team that works seamlessly with each other, as well as with others throughout the institution and the village of Hamilton;
  • it is preferable that the new AVP have a background in the areas of campus safety, environmental health and/or emergency management as they will be expected to lead the current unit while determining needed refinements and adjustments to maintain current best practices and standards for compliance and service;
  • the new AVP will be expected to continue the tradition of designing, implementing, and providing forward thinking training for the campus community on the topic of crisis management;
  • the new AVP will need to be a strong leader who is politically astute and able to coordinate services and collaborations across university units and in the community;
  • the new AVP will find an Emergency Operations Center that is well trained, fully operational, and effective in managing crisis through well-defined roles and the strong leadership of members and will need to quickly learn the protocols and processes of this group to assume the leadership role seamlessly;
  • the new AVP will need to work immediately on COVID related protocols for return to work, classes, and the campus;
  • the new AVP will need to be a creative problem solver who is nimble and efficient in response to evolving circumstances and crisis faced by at the institution;
  • the new AVP will work on professional development of staff within their departments;
  • the new AVP will be challenged with filling current and upcoming vacancies in campus security;
  • stakeholders repeatedly noted that Colgate has an institutional culture that emphasizes a strong sense of community, mutual support, and a collaborative approach to work. The new AVP will find a supervisor and administrative peers who are welcoming and promote open communication.

Measures of Success

At an appropriate interval after joining Colgate University, the items listed below will initially define success for the new Assistant Vice President for Campus Security, Emergency Management, and Environmental Health & Safety:

  • the AVP will have maintained a proactive, highly visible, well-respected, and established leadership presence on campus and this leadership presence will have been credible, collegial, collaborative, and positively received;
  • strong relationships, partnerships, and trust will have been established across a wide array of campus and external stakeholders;
  • the AVP will have advanced the diversity, equity, and inclusion goals for the University;
  • the AVP will have analyzed, contributed to, and defined plans and goals that are best practices for the department and campus moving forward;
  • the staff reporting to the AVP will feel supported and valued, and be defined as a strong, highly functioning, well-regarded, and resilient team that works with synergy and shared provision of service;
  • the AVP will have assessed the impact of programs and services and utilized data-driven decisions for improvements in processes and operations;
  • the AVP will have forged effective partnerships with the village of Hamilton and the Hamilton Police Department.

Qualifications and Characteristics

The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree and minimum of ten years of experience in emergency management, safety and security, law enforcement, fire safety, risk management, or related field with a minimum of five years serving in a leadership capacity. A master’s degree is preferred in emergency management, criminal justice, or related fields.

The successful candidate will possess proven managerial ability with specific training in supervisory/management skills and responsibilities; demonstrated success in managing complex projects; demonstrated experience building consensus, working with teams, exhibiting sound judgment, practicing flexibility, and working within a constantly changing environment; ability and expertise in law enforcement and security practices within the context of a small, private, and rural liberal arts university; demonstrated expertise, experience, and certifications in environmental protection, health and safety, and emergency management programs.

Highly desired qualifications and skills include the ability to lead change and foster continuous improvement across an organization; experience overseeing and managing substantial budgets; a solid commitment to customer service, working courteously and effectively with students, faculty, staff, the media, and the community; excellent administrative, organizational, oral and written communication, interpersonal, and public relations skills; commitment to a team-oriented leadership style; ability to build enduring, collaborative working relationships that engender trust and respect; knowledge of Clery Act, Title IX, and other compliance requirements; strong data analysis capability; ability and willingness to work flexible hours; and an unwavering commitment to diversity, equity, and to promoting an inclusive campus climate.

Further qualifications as outlined in the institutional position description include:

  • demonstrated ability to deliver training and outreach to faculty, staff, and students on guidelines and programs to ensure regulatory compliance and minimize risks related to applicable areas of environmental protection, health and safety, and emergency management programs;
  • expertise in managing financial, technical, facilities, and human resources across assigned areas;
  • demonstrated ability to develop budgets with strategic alignment to the goals of the division and act as a responsible steward of assigned university funds and facilities;
  • expertise in developing and delivering effective communications about the function with a broad range of campus partners;
  • demonstrated ability to develop and apply policies, protocols, and workflows to support operational performance of the department within university guidelines;
  • demonstrated ability to communicate quickly and effectively with all campus community members and external constituents;
  • demonstrated ability to create and oversee effective policy;
  • demonstrated expertise and experience in fire and life safety and emergency management;
  • demonstrated ability and knowledge of federal, state, and local environmental health, safety, and emergency management regulations, standards, and codes;
  • demonstrated ability to produce reports on compliance and incidents;
  • demonstrated respect for people and their differences; demonstrated understanding of the benefits of a diverse workforce; demonstrated ability to earn the trust and respect of others; includes and welcomes others; works to understand the perspective of others; promotes opportunities to experience diversity within the University community.

Additional capabilities and attributes identified as important by Colgate stakeholders include the following:

  • possess a demeanor that can remain calm and focused in crisis management;
  • have a high level of emotional intelligence, empathy, and concern for others, including the ability to navigate controversy with civility and respect;
  • be a strong collaborator who is able to work with administration, as well as faculty, staff, and students;
  • be approachable, visible, and engaged in all facets of university life;
  • be able to generate innovative solutions to complex problems;
  • be a visionary who can get in front of trends and issues related to campus safety;
  • possess a communication style that builds trust, collaboration, and encourages team building;
  • articulate a sophisticated understanding of current campus safety trends and best practices;
  • demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • possess a demonstrated knowledge of policy, legal issues, and crisis/emergency management.

Overview of the Department

Campus Safety

The Colgate University Campus Safety Department is committed to maintaining the safety and security of the campus community in a caring, respectful, and professional manner. The team actively builds community with students on campus while taking seriously its charge to keep students and the college community safe.

  • Parking
  • Fire Safety
  • Sexual Violence Policies
  • Campus Safety Staff
  • Reporting and Clery Compliance

Environmental Health and Safety

Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) provides safety and advisory services to the entire campus community.

Environmental Health and Safety supports a safe learning, living, and working environment at Colgate University by promoting health, safety, and environmental protection through the development of comprehensive programs for training and consultation, risk evaluation and mitigation, emergency response, hazardous materials management, and regulatory compliance.

Emergency Management

The university’s emergency management program is designed to maximize emergency preparedness, fortify community safety, preserve university property, restore normal operations in the event of an emergency, and provide responsive communications to all appropriate parties.The Emergency Operations Center operates using the Incident Command Structure (ICS) of the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) and is highly functioning.

This program is also intended to ensure full compliance with applicable local, state, and federal life safety regulations and cooperation with relevant public agencies charged with disaster control.

The program includes general campus safety advisories; emergency communication systems; locations of all emergency telephones, automated external defibrillators and aid stations; and the Emergency Response Plan (ERP). The ERP provides the basic framework for the university’s emergency response and incident command. It applies to all units of the university and may be activated in the event of campus, local, regional, or national emergencies.

Organizational Chart

Leadership of the Division

Paul J. McLoughlin, II, Vice President and Dean of the College        

As vice president and dean of the college, Dr. Paul J. McLoughlin II is a member of Colgate’s senior leadership and participates in all aspects of institution-wide planning and policy development. Reporting to McLoughlin is a team of associate deans and directors with responsibility for residential life, campus safety, campus life (including multicultural affairs, fraternities/sororities, university chaplains, international student services, and community service), administrative advising and conduct, and health, wellness, and counseling.

Prior to his arrival at Colgate, McLoughlin served as the dean of students at Lafayette College where he partnered with Lafayette faculty to link living and learning at the College. He helped to develop the Connected Communities Program there, including the launch of five residential commons. In 2017, Lafayette awarded him the Cyrus S. Fleck, Jr. Administrator-of-the-Year Prize for his outstanding contributions to the campus community. The nomination for this prize came directly from students.

McLoughlin also served in a series of positions at Harvard University for over a decade — starting as assistant director for health and medical careers counseling in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and serving as the assistant dean of student life for five years overseeing student involvement and new student orientation. McLoughlin served as associate dean of Harvard college and senior adviser to the dean of Harvard college from 2008-2011.

In 2010, the Center for the First Year Experience and Students in Transition at the University of South Carolina awarded McLoughlin the Paul P. Fidler grant for his research on the experiences of high-achieving, low-income students in the Ivy League. That original research was also awarded a NASPA Foundation grant and later published in the peer-reviewed Journal of the First Year Experience and Students in Transition. McLoughlin is also a co-author of a chapter from the 2015 book, Expanding the Circle: Creating An Inclusive Environment in Higher Education for LGBTQ Students and Studies.  He also served as an editor of The Vermont Connection and later as an author publishing, “A call to HIV Educators: Why the current prevention efforts are failing.”

McLoughlin earned his bachelor’s degree at Miami University, majoring in zoology and minoring in neuroscience. He received a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs administration from the University of Vermont and his PhD in higher education administration from Boston College.

He is an active member in NASPA, having served on the planning committee for the 2018 Institute for Small Colleges and Universities, as a faculty member for the 2019 Institute for Aspiring Vice Presidents for Student Affairs, and a regular senior student officer presenter for the association. He has also served as an author, an external reviewer, a consultant, and a frequent conference presenter on topics related to financial aid and access, intercultural education, LGBTQIA+ student life, alcohol and other drugs prevention education, and wellness.

Organizational Chart for the Division

Institution & Location

Institutional Background and History

Daniel Hascall, the Baptist pastor in newly incorporated (1816) Hamilton, N.Y. — inspired by similar efforts in New England, New York City, and Philadelphia — dreamt of creating a seminary in the “West” to prepare young men for the ministry. He and his friend Nathaniel Kendrick recruited other local clergy and laymen to the cause and on September 24, 1817, met in the parlor of Jonathan Olmstead’s home in Hamilton and approved the Constitution of the Baptist Education Society of the State of New York.

Thirteen men — six clergy and seven laymen, including the village’s founding fathers — were present at the meeting. After praying together and then affirming the Constitution — which had 13 articles — the men each paid an annual membership fee of $1 and elected the institution’s first board of trustees. (Olmstead’s home still stands on a hillside south of campus, and Colgate people have considered 13 a lucky number ever since.)

Although Hascall began teaching Latin to the first student (Jonathan Wade) soon after, the institution’s founding date was officially March 5, 1819, the day a bill establishing its incorporation cleared the New York State legislature.

From its founding until 1833, the Baptist Education Society of the State of New York was “loosely referred to” as the “Seminary” or the “Institution.”

Several central New York communities were proposed as home to the new institution. The trustees chose Hamilton when the people of the village pledged within four years to provide a building valued at $3,500, and another $2,500 to be paid toward board. It proved to be a valuable investment in the village’s future prosperity. Hamilton’s First Baptist Church claims the distinction of “Mother Church to Colgate University.”

Hamilton, NY

This tiny historic New York town — home to a village by the same name — was founded in 1795 as Payne’s Settlement. The Village Green offers local eateries and merchants, as well as some of the area’s most historic homes.

Notable Features in the Village

Since 1895, Hamilton Theater has served as a centerpiece for films, live performances, and community events. One of the few remaining independent theaters, Hamilton Theater provides diverse film programming for the community, preserving and enhancing its historic tradition as a community resource.

Seven Oaks Golf Course was named for the ancestral home of the Colgate family. The first nine holes opened in 1958; the back nine opened for play in 1965.The course is known for its strategic use of water, extensive tee areas and large, expansive greens.

Arts At The Palace (AATP) is a community arts organization dedicated to presenting, developing and expanding the reach of the arts within the Central New York region.

Strategic Plan

In May 2019, the Colgate University Board of Trustees, faculty, and Alumni Council approved and endorsed The Third-Century Plan, a comprehensive plan that seeks to pursue Colgate’s mission at its highest level and establish Colgate as one of the very finest undergraduate institutions in the nation.

The Third-Century Plan is continually monitored by the Board, administration, and faculty to measure progress against its goals and to show effort applied in service of its initiatives.

The plan includes several sub-plans, including:

  • The Plan for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • The Bicentennial Plan for a Sustainable and Carbon Neutral Campus

Mission and Vision

Colgate’s mission is to provide a demanding and expansive educational experience to a select group of diverse, talented, and intellectually sophisticated students who are capable of challenging themselves, their peers, and their teachers in a setting that brings together living and learning. The purpose of the University is to develop wise, thoughtful, and critical thinkers and perceptive leaders by challenging young men and women to fulfill their potential through residence in a community that values intellectual rigor and respects the complexity of human understanding.


Brian Casey, President

President Casey earned a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and economics at the University of Notre Dame, and then went on to earn a law degree from Stanford University Law School. He joined Davis Polk & Wardwell and practiced law in New York City and London. He then decided to leave the world of law and attended Harvard University, where he earned his PhD in the history of American civilization.

After graduation, Casey spent about four years as assistant provost at Brown University, and in 2005 he returned to Harvard as an associate dean for academic affairs in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. He served in that capacity until DePauw University called and in 2008 he would become that school’s 19th president, a role he held for seven years before becoming Colgate’s president on July 1, 2016.

President Casey has accomplished much in just a few short years, including the construction of three major buildings, two 100-bed residence halls, Jane Pinchin Hall and Burke Hall, and a new center for careers and post-graduate study, Benton Hall. President Casey also led a year-long series of events in celebration of the University’s Bicentennial.

President Casey, along with senior administrators, the Board of Trustees, and the University Faculty, have developed a comprehensive vision for Colgate titled The Third-Century Plan, which sets a long-term course for the University. Through The Third-Century Plan, Colgate will undertake significant investments in students, faculty, and the campus.

Academic Programs and Faculty

With 56 majors and several additional minor study options, Colgate is an ideal place to explore, discover, and develop academic interests.

At Colgate, no major or minor course of study stands alone — each is truly grounded in the interdisciplinary liberal arts tradition, drawing on overlapping coursework and faculty expertise that spans several fields of inquiry.

9:1          Student-faculty ratio

17            Average class size

56           Number of majors

337         Full-time faculty

96%        of faculty have PhD or highest degree in field

22%        Faculty of color


The Student Body

  • 3,002 students
  • 46% male
  • 54% female
  • 23% domestic students of color
  • 10% first-generation college students
  • 16% international students and dual citizens


Benefits Overview

  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Prescription Drug Coverage
  • Wellness Program
  • Retirement Benefits

Application & Nomination

Review of applications will begin May 25, 2021, and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Laura Puckett-Boler at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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