By Brooklyn Dance
Trevecca security will be led by a familiar face starting in January.
Greg Dawson, who currently serves as captain of university security, was recently named director of security. He replaces Norm Robinson, who is retiring this month.
“[Steve] Harris called me up to his office, and we talked about a variety of different things as far as the department goes, how it’s running now, where we see things going as far as hiring,” Dawson said. “We talked a lot about my credentials, my background, the certifications I’ve acquired, my education—things like that.”
Dawson began working full-time for campus security after graduating from Trevecca in 2004. Dawson was promoted to sergeant in 2006, and became the assistant director of security and emergency management and captain in July 2010. He completed a MS in Safety, Security and Emergency Management in May 2012 from Eastern Kentucky University.
Dawson said he enjoys his job in security, and keeping the campus safe.
“I’m a very service oriented person, so I like serving the campus community and providing the safety and security for the campus,” he said “ If you’re in a jam, you can call on us and we will do our best to get things right.”
During his tenure as captain, Dawson has helped Trevecca achieve and maintain storm preparedness certification from the National Weather Service, updated the vehicle registration system and served as the committee chair for identity theft prevention.
Dawson said one of his goals as director will be to keep the university up to date with best practices for safety.
“We’re going to stay up to date on the best technologies and best practices and keep the campus community safe as possible, we are constantly reevaluating those things and making changes and adjustments in order to provide the best service to the campus,” Dawson said.
There will be some personnel changes through the transition, Dawson said.
“Right before Norm announced his retirement I had proposed a restructuring for the department which will add two officers, giving us some overlap on some shifts where we need extra help,” Dawson said.
Dawson is excited about the challenge.
“Norm has been one of the better bosses I’ve ever had, and I know maintaining that level of safety and security and service to the campus community is not an easy task, but it’s something that I’m willing to step up and do,” Dawson said. “They are definitely big shoes to fill.”
He has the support of campus though.
“I am so happy for Greg in being promoted to director of security,” said Norm Robinson. “His knowledge of campus policies and procedures, along with his dedication to attention and detail, will insure a smooth transition, and not interrupt the continuity of security responsibilities across the campus community. Greg is an excellent choice and I wish him the best.”