UConn’s new Chief of Police Gerald Lewis, Jr. has been named as the nation’s Campus Safety Director of the Year, an award announced Thursday at the annual Campus Safety Conference in San Antonio, Texas.
Gerald Lewis Jr., who started this month as UConn’s police chief, was selected from scores of nominees and a 17-person pool of finalists by Campus Safety Magazine.
Lewis most recently worked as police chief and associate vice president of public safety at the University of Texas at San Antonio before joining UConn, which announced his hiring in April.
At UTSA, Lewis instituted the Rowdy Watch program, which recruits students to patrol the campus with a golf cart, conduct function checks of emergency phones, respond to door access requests, and provide escorts. He also started the Safety Walk program to identify various safety issues on campus, such as tripping hazards and lighting issues. This resulted in new LED lighting, trimmed trees and bushes, and more pleasing aesthetics.
For all new construction projects, he required the installation of video surveillance, access control, emergency phones, and adequate lighting.
“I am humbled and honored to receive this award,” says Lewis. “I want to say thank you to Campus Safety Magazine. This serves as one of the crowning achievements in my law enforcement career. I have been blessed to work with a number of amazing public safety colleagues and they deserve the credit for making this possible.”