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Lewis Eakins, PhD

Chief Security Officer & Director of Public Safety

Bio

Lewis A. Eakins, PhD, CPP has over 35 years of law enforcement, private investigations, security consulting, and emergency management experience. He is currently the Chief Security Officer & Director of Public Safety at Idaho State University with overall responsibilities for patrol operations, the dispatch center, emergency management, CCTV & card access systems, and parking enforcement. Lewis was formerly the Chief of Police at Oakwood University in Huntsville, AL; a Captain with the METRO Transit Police in Houston, TX; and the Assistant Chief of Police at Texas Southern University, also in Houston, TX.

Lewis is a sought after presenter at national and international conferences on the topics of public safety leadership, active shooter survival, emergency management, and academic continuity. He consults and conducts training for the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education. He also serves as a Lead Technical Peer Reviewer on federal grant applications focused on firearm violence, body-worn cameras, and campus resilience. Lewis has held leadership positions in national and regional organizations, and he currently serves as the chairperson of the Education & Learning Committee for the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA).

Lewis is board certified (CPP) in Security Management by ASIS International as well as being certified by FEMA as a Professional Continuity Practitioner (PCP).  He has attended numerous law enforcement, executive development, and emergency management training courses. He is a 2015 graduate of FEMA’s National Emergency Management Executive Academy Cohort III.

Lewis has an A.S. degree in Police Science from Calhoun Community College; a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice & Business Administration from Athens State University; a M.S. degree in Security Management from Bellevue University; and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration with a concentration in Homeland Security Policy and Coordination from Walden University. His research interests are academic continuity, public safety leadership, and implicit bias.

Education

Walden University
Ph.D
Public Policy and Administration - Homeland Security Policy & Coordination
2011 To 2016
Dissertation: Extent of Academic Continuity Planning at HBCU's in the State of Alabama

Bellevue University
Nebraska, United States
Master of Science
Security Management / Homeland Security
2005 To 2007

Athens State University
Alabama, United States
Bachelor of Science
Criminal Justice & Business Administration

Calhoun Community College
Alabama, United States
Associate of Science
Police Science