Craig A. Nance, police chief at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith, has been selected as one of 12 trainers certified to teach Clery Act compliance for the Clery Center for Security On Campus.
Nance, who came to UAFS in May 2011, will conduct training through the Clery Center in December in Glendale, Calif., with additional training planned at other locations during 2013.
The Clery Center for Security On Campus is a nonprofit 501 c(3) organization dedicated to preventing violence, substance abuse and other crimes on college and university campuses across the United States and to compassionately assist the victims of these crimes. The organization was founded in 1987 by Connie and Howard Clery following the April 1986 rape and murder of their 19-year-old daughter Jeanne in her Lehigh University dorm room.
Nance is responsible at UAFS for the overall supervision of the UAFS Police Department, which provides comprehensive law enforcement services to the faculty, staff, students and visitors on campus.
Prior to his appointment at UAFS, he served as chief at Grambling State University Police Department in Grambling, La., and was previously affiliated with the Vanderbilt University Police Department as precinct commander. He has also worked for institutional police agencies, including Guilford Technical Community College, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Nance has a bachelor’s degree in management and ethics from John Wesley College in North Carolina and a master’s degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix. He is also a graduate of the 266th class of Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.
He attended the Executive Development Institute of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA), the University of Tennessee Regional Community Policing Institute, the FBI Southeastern Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar and a police chief executive development course through the Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police and the University of Arkansas System’s Criminal Justice Institute.
Jeanne Clery’s assailant is spending life behind bars without parole. He was also a student at Lehigh University, and Jeanne Clery did not know him prior to the attack. Congress approved the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act three years after the organization’s founding. Later renamed in Jeanne’s memory, the Jeanne Clery Act took effect in 1991.
The act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees. The law also ensures certain basic rights for victims of campus sexual assaults and requires the U.S. Department of Education to collect and disseminate campus crime statistics.