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Organizational leadership to be addressed by ETSU Public Safety Chief Nicole Collins

Contributed • Mar 29, 2019 at 5:05 PM

East Tennessee State University’s new chief of Public Safety, Nicole Collins, will draw upon her 12 years of law enforcement experience in discussing organizational strategies, lessons learned from the field and more in her talk, “Taking a Department or Organization to the Next Level,” on April 3.

This free public presentation, the final talk in the 2018-19 “Women on Wednesdays” Lecture Series sponsored by the ETSU Women’s Studies Program, will begin at noon in the Reece Museum.

No stranger to leadership roles, Collins understands the challenges that may arise when seeking to streamline and update departmental procedures.

In her talk, she will focus on some of the successful strategies she has used in previous organizational leadership positions, practical tips for inspiring employees to strive to go beyond the status quo and suggestions for overcoming the “We have always done it this way” mindset.

Her discussion will be of interest to anyone working in law enforcement or seeking strategies for effective organizational leadership.

In 2018, Collins was appointed assistant vice president and chief of police in the ETSU Department of Public Safety, which is comprised of police officers, security guards, 911 dispatchers and an emergency management coordinator.

She previously served as the assistant chief of field operations in the New York University Department of Public Safety for the Manhattan and Brooklyn campuses. Prior to this, she was executive police captain in the Vanderbilt University Police Department. Collins also maintains active certifications to instruct multiple self-defense programs through Rape Aggression Defense Systems.

The “Women on Wednesdays” series is designed to raise awareness about the research, scholarship and community engagement conducted by women at ETSU; to provide a venue where women on campus and in the community can discuss and support each other’s work; and to give students an opportunity to meet faculty who could become mentors for their studies.

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