Associate Vice President for Campus Safety and Security
Bob Harkins became the associate vice president for Campus Safety and Security on September 1, 2005. He coordinates the activities of Emergency Preparedness, Environmental Health and Safety, Fire Prevention Services, Parking and Transportation Services, and The University of Texas at Austin Police Department. Bob enriches our community with over 12 years of extensive knowledge in leading the campus safety and security programs of two major universities.
Prior to assuming his current position, Bob spent 27 years in the Army, retiring as a colonel. Over the course of his military career he was awarded two Silver Stars for valor and two Purple Hearts. Throughout his career he has had a variety of assignments focusing on campus safety and security. Bob earned his doctorate in education from Pittsburgh University in 1998. He continuously plans the steps toward making The University of Texas at Austin the safest campus in the nation by leading the Safety and Security Committee and reaching out to students, faculty and staff to create a safety-minded community.
Chief of Police
David Carter was appointed Chief of Police of The University of Texas at Austin on July 1, 2013. Chief Carter began his career as a patrol officer with the Austin Police Department in 1985. During his tenure there, Carter advanced to positions with increasing responsibility until being selected to serve as an assistant chief and later chief of staff. His law enforcement career has included many specialized assignments and a range of unique professional experiences including senior leadership roles over patrol, major investigations, organized crime investigations, as well the Special Operations Division. Development of the Austin Regional Intelligence Center (ARIC) represents another Carter achievement. The ARIC serves central Texas public safety organizations (including the University) and garnered statewide recognition. Carter has also overseen and directed public safety for numerous international events from South by Southwest to the 2012 opening of Circuit for the Americas.
Carter earned his bachelor’s degree in geography from Texas A & M University. He is a graduate of the National Executive Institute (NEI) class of XXXV. NEI is the FBI’s premier executive training initiative and executives are nominated by the Special Agent in Charge of their local FBI field office. He is also a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP) in Boston as well as the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT), and completed the first Austin Police West Point Leadership Academy—a joint effort between the Austin Police Department and the University of Texas.
One of APD’s most decorated officers, Carter has earned many distinguished awards, including the Austin Police Department’s: Distinguished Service Cross for Valor, the Distinguished Command Medal, the Life Saving Medal, and three Meritorious Service Medals. The US Army 1st Cavalry Division also awarded Carter Combat spurs in recognition of his being engaged by enemy insurgents in Iraq. Carter was there providing police leadership concepts training to the US Army.
Director of Emergency Preparedness
David joined the university in 2001 and brings with him the education and experience of emergency management, law enforcement, public health, safety consulting, adult education and state OSHA field service. Upon joining the university, Mr. Cronk became immediately involved in university emergency preparedness planning. David became the university’s director of Emergency Preparedness in 2006 and now holds the designation of Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) awarded by the International Association of Emergency Managers.
David holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Environmental Health Management from Ferris State University, and a Master of Science degree in Occupational Health from the Medical University of Toledo. David is a designated Certified Emergency Manager and is the university’s designated representative for the City of Austin/Travis County Department of Homeland Security and Office of Emergency Management partnerships.
Director of Fire Prevention Services
Jimmy joined the university in 2008 as a member of the Office of Emergency Preparedness, serving as the Assistant Director prior to his appointment as the university’s Fire Marshal in July 2013. Jimmy has over two decades of public safety experience developed during a fire service career that culminated as the Assistant Fire Chief for the North Las Vegas (NV) Fire Department. During his tenure as an Assistant Chief, Jimmy was instrumental in the administration of both emergency response and risk reduction divisions for the organization. His expertise encompasses a broad area of fire protection elements that bring together a holistic focus of community fire and life safety philosophies.
Jimmy received his education at St. Edward’s University and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in public safety management. He is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the National Fire Protection Association, and the Texas State Fire Chiefs Association.
Director of Environmental Health and Safety
John joined the university in July 2013 as the Director of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS). He has responsibility for health and safety programs at the campus. The mission of EHS is to promote healthy and safe operations on campus, to protect students, faculty, staff and visitors, and to ensure protection of the environment.
Prior to joining the University of Texas at Austin, John was at Texas A&M University from 2000–2013, serving as the Director of EHS since 2006. Previously he was a Project Manager for URS Corporation and Emergency Planning Manager at Comanche Peak nuclear power station. John earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Radiation Protection Engineering in 1981 and a Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering in 1983 from Texas A&M University. He is a Certified Health Physicist.
Director of Parking and Transportation
Bobby began working with Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) in 1986 as a parking garage attendant. Since then, he has become responsible for all day-to-day operations for PTS. This includes shuttle operations, all parking on campus in surface lots and garages, and enforcement of regulations, including the kiosks at the entrance of campus. He also oversees all of the department’s managers.
Bobby graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. He is a member of the International Parking Association, Texas Parking Association, and National Fleet Association.