The Position


Reporting to the vice president of finance and administration, the newly created associate vice president (AVP) for campus safety serves as the chief security director and emergency management leader for Rhodes College. The AVP is primarily responsible for leading, managing, and evaluating programs and services, overseeing 35 personnel, and administering a budget of $2.1M ($1.8M for compensation and $275K in operating budget). The AVP provides effective leadership and communication during crises, conflicts, and other campus safety challenges. The AVP must interface effectively with senior leadership, campus partners, students, faculty, staff, parents, local neighborhood leaders, and law enforcement to strengthen safety and security and ensure fully inclusive and transparent relationships with all stakeholders.

The AVP is responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating safety, emergency, and risk management policies, protocols, programs, and services, ensuring compliance with local, state, and federal laws, including the Clery Act, and managing a comprehensive statistical reporting system. They must also coordinate with law enforcement agencies, including government investigation units; oversee the campus parking program; and deliver security/safety training to the campus community.

In addition to providing executive leadership and financial management for the campus safety department, the AVP is responsible for:

  • Risk, incident, and emergency management for the overall health and safety of the Rhodes community and visitors.
  • Providing advice, counsel, and expertise on campus safety and emergency management issues.
  • Serving as the designated campus security authority (CSA) per the federal statutory requirements of the Jeanne Clery Act.
  • Developing and sustaining collaborative partnerships with students, faculty, staff, parents, neighborhood leaders, and law enforcement agencies in the Memphis area.
  • Ensuring the work of campus safety builds and maintains fully inclusive and transparent relationships with internal and external communities.
  • Overseeing investigations of on-campus criminal activity and policy Serving as the primary follow-up investigator if circumstances warrant and creating professional reports based on factual findings.
  • Facilitating the development of comprehensive policies and procedures for event security and ensuring staff training to manage various events effectively.
  • Ensuring the campus is educated about safety and security issues impacting the campus community and aware of services provided by campus safety.
  • Supervising the campus parking program, including establishing and enforcing parking regulations.


The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree and substantial experience in safety and security or law enforcement, with a minimum of five years serving in a leadership capacity. Ideal candidates must demonstrate effective managerial ability; training and development; oversight of complex projects; experience building consensus and sustaining collaborative working relationships; and expertise in safety and security best practices within a small, private, liberal arts university in an urban setting. Highly desired qualifications and skills include the ability to lead change and foster continuous improvement across an organization; excellent organizational, oral and written communication, interpersonal, and public relations skills; expertise in Clery Act, Title IX, and other compliance requirements; ability and willingness to work flexible hours; and an unwavering commitment to diversity, equity, and to promoting an inclusive campus climate.

Additionally, stakeholders indicated the following as essential characteristics and attributes of the associate vice president for campus safety:

  • Establishes and maintains rapport with, and fosters a cooperative and respectful environment for, students, faculty, staff, alumni, dignitaries, visitors, and other constituencies.
  • Shares information and seeks input from others; adapts communication to diverse audiences; protects private and confidential information.
  • Analyzes and prioritizes situations to identify and solve problems and make collaborative, timely, and strategic decisions.
  • Communicates complex and time-sensitive information accurately, clearly, and transparently to students, faculty, staff, and other constituencies.
  • Prioritizes and manages multiple projects effectively.
  • Possesses strong conflict resolution and negotiation skills.
  • Culturally competent, possess a genuine appreciation for and experience working with a diverse student population, and a robust understanding of social justice issues.
  • Understands and appreciates a student-centered educational environment and the department’s role within the campus community.
  • Actively engages in community connection practices, facilitates ongoing open communications and positive daily interactions, and is responsive to needs and concerns.


Rhodes College created this new position to provide strategic leadership to campus safety and attract safety/security professionals with expertise in risk and emergency management, community safety, and relationship building.


Memphis is a city with a vibrant culture and a small community feel. It is also a city with deep socio-economic divides and highly publicized crime. The new associate vice president for campus safety has an opportunity to develop a holistic, proactive, and robust campus safety program and strengthen overall campus safety at Rhodes College. Taking advantage of willing partners across campus and investments in campus safety technology, the new AVP must leverage their expertise and skills to:

  • Improve department training and retention; build a department focused on high-service delivery and strong partnerships on campus and in the community.
  • Build relationships and align expectations with campus and community partners to enhance stakeholders’ satisfaction with campus safety services and staff.
  • Implement strategies to strengthen practices that enable equity, inclusion, and belonging.
  • Work collaboratively with local law enforcement and emergency response agencies to establish mutually agreed-upon processes and procedures.
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate high-quality campus safety, emergency management programs, services, standards, and protocols.
  • Create and implement security and safety training for the campus community.
  • Utilize data to inform and evaluate departmental efficacy, decision-making, and resource allocation.
  • Contribute to college policy and provide effective advice, counsel, and leadership on committees.
  • Enact initiatives and processes to proactively minimize incidents, minimize injuries, and reduce risk.


At an appropriate interval after joining Rhodes College, the items listed below will define success for the associate vice president for campus safety:

  • A holistic assessment of campus safety operations and a clearly articulated strategic plan to produce a highly engaged and responsive department is complete.
  • Campus safety is a trusted resource and is recognized as committed to the safety and care of the Rhodes community.
  • The AVP is valued as a subject matter expert for best practices in campus safety, known as a solution-oriented problem solver, and recognized for improving the performance of campus safety staff.
  • Campus safety processes, procedures, and policies are formalized, efficient, timely, and well-communicated, and they provide training and education to students, faculty, and staff to improve safety.
  • The AVP possesses strong relationships on campus and collaborates closely with campus partners and community stakeholders.
  • External stakeholders, such as parents and Memphis community members, find campus safety responsive, compassionate, and considerate of their concerns.

Institution & Location


Rhodes College has a multi-layered approach to addressing safety on campus. While its honor code and people are Rhodes’ greatest assets, the college has invested in physical security measures to enhance safety. Including, but not limited to:

  • Iron exterior fencing
  • Gatehouses staffed by campus safety officers
  • 24/7 computer-aided dispatch system (901-843-3880 non-emergency) or (901-843-3333 emergency)
  • 24/7 on-campus patrols with clearly marked campus safety vehicles
  • Campus safety officers available to escort students to West Campus or other campus locations after dark
  • More than 300 internet-based security cameras on campus, including eight with a license-plate reader that notifies the Memphis Police Department and Shelby County Sheriff’s Office if a stolen plate is identified on campus or on the perimeter streets
  • Third-party contract with a local security firm to provide armed safety patrols of adjacent neighborhoods from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., seven days a week
  • SkyCop camera system on University Street provides real-time data to the Memphis Police Department.
  • Partnership with the Midtown Safety Alliance and the Memphis Police Department to increase MPD patrols in adjacent neighborhoods
  • New poles with LED lights to improve lighting in parking lots
  • Electronic key access for residence halls and an alert system that notifies the campus safety office if a door has been left propped open
  • Mandatory safety training for students living off-campus

Campus Safety Organizational Chart


The departments comprising the finance and business affairs division strive to provide efficient and effective financial, facilities management, human resources, and administrative services to Rhodes’s students, faculty, and staff.

The vice president provides the overall leadership and strategic direction to the departments within the division.

Divisional Leadership

Kyle Webb – Vice President for Finance and Business Affairs

Kyle Webb is responsible for all finance and business matters for the college, including the budget, accounting, endowment management, payroll administration, property and grounds, bookstore and food service, human resources, purchasing, mail services, and campus master planning. He was appointed vice president for finance and business affairs in July 2016 after serving as associate vice president and comptroller since 2010. He joined Rhodes College in 1997 as assistant comptroller and served in that role until 2009. Before joining Rhodes, he worked in the Memphis office of Ernst & Young LLP for six years. He holds an undergraduate degree from Rhodes and is a certified public accountant.

Organizational chart

Finance and Administration | Rhodes Sites



Rhodes College is a national, four-year, private, coeducational, residential college committed to the liberal arts and sciences. Their highest priorities are intellectual engagement, service to others, and honor within the community. Enrolling over 2,000 students from 45 states and 63 countries, Rhodes is one of the country’s most beautiful campuses in the heart of Memphis, an economic, political, and cultural center, making Rhodes one of a handful of prominent liberal arts colleges in a major metropolitan area. It has garnered accolades for value, internships, community service, and campus beauty. The Rhodes experience combines the best of the classroom and the real world—through internships, service, research, and other opportunities in Memphis and beyond.

Student Demographics

  • Approximately 2,070 students represent 45 states (plus D.C.) and 63 countries.
  • Multicultural and international students make up 34% of the student body.
  • More than 80% participate in service
  • 75% complete at least one internship
  • 75% study abroad or at off-campus sites in the U.S
  • Nearly 100% of first-year students live on campus
  • 44% belong to social fraternities/sororities
  • 100+ student clubs, organizations, intramural and club sports
  • 21 men’s and women’s NCAA Division III intercollegiate teams

Institutional Leadership

Jennifer Collins – President

Jennifer M. Collins was named the 21st president of Rhodes College on December 6, 2021, following a unanimous vote by the Board of Trustees. An inspiring leader, beloved educator, and committed proponent of the value of the liberal arts, she served as the Judge James Noel Dean and professor of law at Southern Methodist University (SMU) from 2014 until 2021. At SMU, Collins worked with over 100 faculty members and supported over 800 domestic and international students. She had responsibility for managing a $49 million annual budget; hiring, supporting, and retaining faculty and staff; fundraising; and managing internal and external communications. During her tenure, Collins raised over $50 million for scholarships, endowed chairs and professorships, and new academic and student programming. In a time of declining interest in legal education, she increased the number of applications to the law school every year, exceeding the national and regional averages, and improved the entering academic credentials and diversity of the student body. Collins also vastly increased alumni engagement by creating a new umbrella alumni organization and an Emerging Leaders Board for recent graduates.

Rhodes Senior Leadership Team

Rhodes Strategic Plan

Rhodes Vision Statement


“A diverse learning community is a necessary element of a liberal arts education, for self-understanding is dependent upon the understanding of others. We, the members of Rhodes College, are committed to fostering a community in which diversity is valued and welcomed. To that end, Rhodes College does not discriminate – and will not tolerate harassment – on the basis of race, gender, color, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national or ethnic origin, military status or any other protected status.

We are committed to providing an open learning environment. Freedom of thought, a civil exchange of ideas, and an appreciation of diverse perspectives are fundamental characteristics of a community that is committed to critical inquiry. To promote such an academic and social environment we expect integrity and honesty in our relationships with each other and openness to learning about and experiencing cultural diversity. We believe that these qualities are crucial to fostering social and intellectual maturity and personal growth.

Intellectual maturity also requires individual struggle with unfamiliar ideas. We recognize that our views and convictions will be challenged, and we expect this challenge to take place in a climate of open-mindedness and mutual respect.”


For the benefits offered at Rhodes College, see here.

Application & Nomination

Review of applications will begin immediately 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 Kara Kravetz Cupoli at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895 or email

The expected salary range for this position is $115,000-$125,000.

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Rhodes College is committed to providing a working environment that is free from harassment based on race, sex, color, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, military service, or any other protected status, including sexual harassment.

 College Commitment to Diversity | Rhodes Handbook