Jimmy Johnson named 2019 Campus Safety Magazine Director of the Year
Assistant Vice President for Campus Safety Jimmy Johnson has been named 2019 Campus Safety Magazine Director of the Year. Mr. Johnson is a public safety professional with over three decades of fire-life safety and emergency management expertise. He provides leadership and direction for all operations related to Campus Safety at The University of Texas at Austin, including planning, organizing and directing emergency planning and preparedness, fire prevention services and environmental health and safety.
Johnson’s notable achievements include:
- Obtained $13 million in state and local funding to institute 36 safety-related projects prompted by a 2016 campus public safety review. Key projects enhanced building and street lighting, developed an integrated video support system on select exterior emergency call box towers, and provided facility hardening measures and accessibility to university buildings.
- Installed “safety hubs” at all primary building entrances that provide an identifiable sole after-hours entry point that include lighting, security cameras, access control, call boxes, public access automated external defibrillators (AEDs), and hemorrhage control kits.
- Enhanced severe weather warning and detection systems through the incorporation or real-time data collection of weather conditions on campus through the installation of an integrated weather monitoring station that feeds current data to our emergency operations center and to our police public safety answering point (PSAP) communications office.
Mr. Johnson began his career with the University of Texas in 2008 within the Office of Emergency Preparedness. Mr. Johnson was selected in 2013 to serve as the Director-Fire Marshal, over Fire Prevention Services, and in 2016 brought the leadership responsibilities of the Office of Emergency Preparedness under his purview. In December 2017, university leadership identified him to serve as the interim Associate Vice President for Campus Safety & Security. After a reorganization to create efficiencies and mission-specific focus, Mr. Johnson was appointed as the Assistant Vice President for Campus Safety in April 2018.
“I'm extremely honored to be chosen as this year's recipient for higher education," said Johnson. "As this year’s honoree, I have been provided a platform to showcase the impactful work our campus safety team does day in and day out for our university community. Coupled with our partnerships both on and off campus, we truly make a difference.”