Meet the Experts

Joan Hope
Managing Editor

Joan Hope became editor of Campus Security Report in 2014. She brings years of experience in higher education and journalism to her work.

Joan taught writing and literature courses for eight years at colleges and universities including Indiana University at Bloomington, Clark University, and Houston Community College. As a freelance journalist, she published hundreds of articles in newspapers, magazines and reference books.

Joan stays up-to-date on issues facing academic administrators by attending conferences, including those hosted by the American Conference of Academic Deans, the American Association of Community Colleges, and the Society for College and University Planning. She also interviews deans and provosts around the country and seeks regular input from an Advisory Board made up of top professionals in the field.

In 2010, Dean & Provost was awarded the Newsletter on Newsletters’ First Place award for Best Individual/Company Profile for a “Dean Dialogue” column.  Joan’s other awards include a Gold Medal for Best Feature Article from Parenting Publications of America and a Best Graduate Student Paper in American Literature honor from the English Department at Indiana University at Bloomington.

Joan has a bachelor’s degree from Rice University, a master’s from the University of Houston, and a Ph.D. in English Literature from Indiana University at Bloomington.

Advisory Panel

Ed Book
Chief of Police
Santa Fe College

Ed Book has been Chief of Police at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida since 2011. He is a 31+ year law enforcement official who previously retired from the Gainesville Police Department as District Commander and Captain.

Ed earned an M.Ed. at the University of Florida.

Ed also serves as the College Emergency Management Coordinator and Behavioral Intervention Team Chair. He is an adjunct instructor teaching in the Bachelors of Science Organizational Management program and to public safety recruits.

He is a crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) “practitioner,” the highest level of training in the field provided by the Florida Attorney General’s Office. He has additional expertise in areas of operations, community policing, youth services, and special event management and has published or presented numerous times.

Ed is a member of several law enforcement organizations including the IACP, IACLEA, Florida Police Chiefs, and Florida Design Out Crime Association. He is an active Rotary member holding several positions including Past President.

The Santa Fe College Police Department is the past recipient of recognitions including the Florida Crime Prevention Association Crime Prevention Unit of the Year, Florida Police Chiefs’ Rocky Pomerance Award for Excellence in Policing, & the inaugural Community Policing Award from the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.


Lara Fox
Ethics & Compliance Program Manager
University of Phoenix

Lara Fox is an Ethics & Compliance Program Manager with the University of Phoenix. She has been with the University of Phoenix since 2005 and oversees the university’s Campus Safety Program. Lara’s primary responsibilities include providing training for the university’s 90+ Campus Security Authorities, managing the campus crime statistics for the university’s campuses, and maintaining the university’s campus safety policies.

Lara graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in communication.

Jeff Kedrowski
Executive Director of Security & Emergency Management
Elmhurst College

Jeff Kedrowski is the executive director of security and emergency management at Elmhurst College, where he formed a threat assessment team that he currently chairs. He is also a co-instructor at the institution. 

Prior to that, Jeff held various positions in the aerospace and defense industry, including director of security for Goodrich ISR Systems and Recon Optical, Inc. Previous campus safety experience included serving as director of protection services for Elmhurst from 1999–2001. He has also served as an independent safety consultant and is currently the CEO of Fog Advisors Security Management & Public Safety Consultants.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Loyola University of Chicago and a master’s degree in project management from the Keller Graduate School of Business. Jeff also earned a security management certification from the Professional Certification Board of ASIS International (formerly the American Society for Industrial Security), and has served in various official capacities within that organization.

David Miles
Director of Public Safety
Fairleigh Dickinson University, Metropolitan Campus

David Miles has been the director of public safety for Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Metropolitan campus in Teaneck, N.J. since 1984. He is responsible for all aspects of public safety on the campus which includes 60 buildings and 10,000 students — 1,000 living on campus.

David is also responsible for parking, locksmith services, investigations, crime prevention and residence hall security.

He is the co-team leader for the campus Emergency Management Team which oversees the emergency operations plan for the Metropolitan campus and is also the co-chair of the campus Threat Assessment Team.

David earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in administrative science from Fairleigh Dickinson. He also is a graduate of the 64th class of the Union County, New Jersey Police Academy.

In 2003, he received the Fairleigh Dickinson University “Pillar of the University” award for outstanding service. And in 2006, he was honored with the North Jersey Crime Prevention Officer’s Association Community Partnership Award.

Gene Palma
Executive Director
Adelphi University

Gene Palma joined Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y. in 1999 as the associate director of public safety and transportation. In 2007 he assumed his current position as executive director of public safety and transportation. In announcing his new position, Adelphi University Vice President for Administration and Student Services Angelo B. Proto said, "Gene’s contributions to public safety were instrumental in making the Adelphi campus one of the safest in the nation. He has also been a key partner in enhancing Adelphi’s relationship with local and regional first responders."

Prior to his arrival at Adelphi, Palma served as associate director of public safety at New York University, senior executive security manager at Mac's Corporation, and as an operations supervisor at Colombia University.

For 10 consecutive years, Gene has been the vice president of the Long Island College and Metropolitan University Consortium. This association represents 32 higher education institutions on Long Island and in the metropolitan area.

Palma is an active member in the Nassau County Police Association, the National Association of Chiefs of Police, the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, the American Society of Industrial Security, the American Academy for Professional Law Enforcement, the International Association for Counter terrorism and Security Professionals, and the New York State Parking Association.

Edward G. Piper
Director of Public Safety and Emergency Management
Georgetown Law

Edward G. Piper has been director of public safety and emergency management at Georgetown Law in Washington D.C. since 2007. He has more than 30 years of experience in public safety, security, intelligence, management, consulting, education and training.

Piper’s experience includes serving as an officer in the Baltimore City and Belair Police Departments, U.S. Army Intelligence and Military Police, Naval Criminal Investigative Service (Reserve) and Office of Naval Intelligence. He was also chief of safety and security at Harford Community College, director of security operations at Metropolitan International, and head of school security at Anne Arundel Public Schools.

He was a security consultant to the federal government and the Governor’s Office for the state of Maryland. He currently teaches security management and crisis management at Johns Hopkins University as an adjunct faculty member, and has been an adjunct at George Washington University, Webster University, and the University of Baltimore.

He holds a master’s degree in Applied Behavioral Science from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s in Liberal Arts from the University of Baltimore.

Stanley Skipworth
Campus Safety Director
Claremont Colleges

Stanley Skipworth is the campus safety director at the Claremont Colleges and Claremont University Consortium. He previously served as the director of campus safety and transportation at the University of La Verne in California. Prior to that, he was the chief of police at California State University, Long Beach, a post from which he retired in 2011.

He is also a former member of the Corona City Council and the former mayor, and served as president of the California Association of Councils of Governments. He has additionally served as a facilitator of leadership and ethics programs, presenting to professional organizations, high schools and colleges.

Stanley and his wife, who have adopted seven of their family’s eight children, are recipients of the Congressional Angels in Adoption Award.

Lawrence M. Zacarese
Assistant Chief of Police / Director of Emergency Management
Stony Brook University

Lawrence Zacarese is the assistant chief of police and director of emergency management for the State University Police Department at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Prior to his tenure at Stony Brook, Lawrence was a member of the New York City Police Department for more than 11 years, attaining the rank of sergeant and holding several positions throughout the Patrol Services Bureau and Special Operations Division.

While with the New York City Police Department, he served as a police officer, canine handler and tactical paramedic in the Emergency Service Unit prior to his promotion. As a sergeant, he worked in uniform patrol and Street Narcotic Enforcement.

Lawrence has been affiliated with the Suffolk County Fire Academy for the past 15 years, and currently holds the position of deputy chief instructor for that agency. In that role, he has been responsible for administering training programs and the development of drills and exercises designed to evaluate emergency response efforts.

He has also been an adjunct professor at Stony Brook and John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and has created graduate-level curriculum and course content for the Master of Science Justice Studies Degree Program for Southern New Hampshire University. He is also a security management consultant.

Lawrence earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Forensic Psychology, a Master of Public Administration-(Inspector General) Degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and a Graduate Certificate in Global Security and Terrorism Studies from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is currently pursuing his Juris Doctor at Touro College Law Center in New York.

Contributing Authors

Aileen Gelpi, Esq.
Legal Contributor

Aileen Gelpi has been practicing law since 2008. She has acted as Legal Editor to many educational publications in the past and is now Co-Editor of Campus Legal Advisor and Editor of The FERPA Answer Book for Higher Education Professionals and The FERPA Bulletin. She also summarizes Office for Civil Rights and Family Policy Compliance Office cases for Disability Compliance for Higher Education and other Jossey-Bass publications.

She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Puerto Rico School of Law. Aileen has a bachelor of arts from the U.P.R., and a M.A. from New York University, where she also engaged in doctoral studies. She is admitted to practice in Florida and Puerto Rico, and the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida.

Richard H. Willits, Esq.
Legal Contributor

Richard H. Willits produces all lawsuit summaries that appear in this publication. He is a retired attorney who graduated with Honors from the University of Florida’s College of Law in 1971 and specialized in civil trials.

In 1983, he became one of the first Board Certified lawyers in the nation. In 1990, he received Martindale Hubbell's highest rating. Beginning in 1993, Richard was listed in the Bar Registry of Preeminent lawyers. He is a past president of the Palm Beach County Federal Bar Association, and has written several legal articles on a variety of subjects. 

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