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University Of North Alabama Chief Of Police Honored In Las Vegas

Aug. 08, 2017

Michelle Eubanks, UNA, at media@una.edu, 256.765.4392 or 256.606.2033

Dominic Summerhill

Student Writer, University Communications

FLORENCE, Ala.-University of North Alabama Chief of Police Kevin Gillian was recently named the National Chief of the Year in Las Vegas.

The National Association of Campus Safety Administration gives out the award every year to the top chief in America. Gillian, who was hired in July 2015, credits the work of the UNA officers for his recognition.

"It's overwhelming to get accolades. It's due to the good work that our officers here do," Gillian said.

Gillian, who is no stranger to campus law enforcement, has 23 years of experience. His stops include Samford University, where he served as a lieutenant, and Talladega College and the University of Pittsburgh, where he served as chief of police. Gillilan said the numerous years on college campuses is what drives him to keep the students safe.

"I work as if every student at the University of North Alabama is my own child," Gillian said. "I also work for an incredible university that supports the department, from the administration all the way down; it has truly been a great experience here."

This most recent award for Gillian is not the first. Gillilan has been recognized with numerous educational awards, including advanced certifications through the Alabama Association of Chief's of Police and FBI-LEEDA. He is also currently on schedule to complete his doctoral degree in criminal justice and emergency management.


The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering undergraduate and graduate degree programsthrough the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business,Education and Human Sciences, and the Anderson College of Nursing.Occupying a 130-acre campus in a residential section of Florence, Alabama, UNA is located within a four-city area that also includes Tuscumbia, Sheffield and Muscle Shoals. UNA also operates arenownedcollegiate athletic program in NCAA Division II's Gulf South Conference.The University of North Alabama is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate in the admission policy on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, age or national origin.