Aug. 15, 2014/For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Lauren Whitaker, 336-734-2891, whitakerl@uncsa.edu

 

UNCSA POLICE CHIEF IS HEADED TO COLLEGE OF WILLIAM & MARY


(WINSTON-SALEM) Deb Cheesebro, senior director of public safety and emergency management and chief of police at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) has accepted the position of chief of police at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. Her resignation from UNCSA is effective Sept. 5.

“I’ve enjoyed knowing Chief Cheesebro in the brief time I’ve been here,” said Chancellor Lindsay Bierman, who arrived on campus July 21. “Her record of achievement and deep concern for our students won her the admiration and affection of this entire campus."

Chief Operating Officer George Burnette said, “It’s a big change. A sad change. Deb has given incredible service to the School of the Arts. The Police Department has made great strides during her tenure. She has done a stellar job with our students, making them feel welcome and safe. Indeed, the safety of our entire community has been her priority and her success. We wish her the very best.”

 



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Chief Operating Officer George Burnette said, “It’s a big change. A sad change. Deb has given incredible service to the School of the Arts. The Police Department has made great strides during her tenure. She has done a stellar job with our students, making them feel welcome and safe. Indeed, the safety of our entire community has been her priority and her success. We wish her the very best.”

Cheesebro came to UNCSA in January 2006 from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where she was deputy director of the Department of Public Safety. She is credited with strengthening the professional standards of the UNCSA Police Department as a values-based organization with 14 professionally trained and sworn officers, along with telecommunicators and an emergency management coordinator.

Cheesebro established the University’s emergency management program and oversaw the installation of state-of-the-art surveillance and emergency notification equipment on the campus.  She helped design the 9,000 square-foot police operations building which is nearing completion on campus.

Recently, she served as UNCSA’s sole representative on the UNC Campus Security Initiative launched by President Tom Ross to study security and student safety efforts across the 17 campuses.

“Chief Cheesebro brought significant experience and insight to the task force,” said Brent Herron, associate vice president of campus safety and emergency operations for UNC General Administration. “Her superlative policing credentials, combined with her unique personal approach to community policing made her a standout in the group. She has made significant contributions to UNCSA and to the University of North Carolina system. We will miss her.”

Capt. Gary Davis has been appointed interim chief of police. He has been at UNCSA for 15 years. Davis has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Western Carolina University, and is a graduate of the Law Enforcement Executive Program at North Carolina State University. He has a criminal justice instructor certification from the state of North Carolina and has received training in criminal investigations, drug investigations, domestic violence and sexual assaults, Clery Act, accreditation, property and evidence, incident command, emergency preparedness, and supervision and management.

Burnette said a national search to replace Cheesebro will begin soon.

Cheesebro has a Ph.D. in organizational behavior and development from Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, a Master of Science in criminal justice from Michigan State University, and a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from West Virginia State University. She has been a national criminal justice consultant, a trainer for the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State, and faculty member of two community colleges.

 

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is America’s first state-supported arts school, a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNCSA is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system when it was formed in 1972. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.

 

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