Safe Schools & Colleges Conference

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MSBA’s Safe Schools and Colleges Conference recognized Craig Reeves of Lebanon with the Heroes Among Us Award! Because of Craig’s safety training with MSBA’s Center for Education Safety, he effectively trained his coaches and students to lead themselves to safety when faced with an active shooter situation this spring. Congratulations Craig, and thank you for keeping kids safe!

This annual conference focuses on:

  • Severe Weather
  • Emergency Planning
  • Cyber Security
  • School Climate
  • Anti-Bullying Programs

And includes special features such as:

  • Networking opportunities
  • Exhibit hall featuring safety products and services

Opening Keynote: Zora Mulligan

Missouri Commissioner of Higher Education

Zora Mulligan was appointed Commissioner of Higher Education by the Coordinating Board for Higher Education in August 2016.

Mulligan served as assistant commissioner, general counsel and legislative liaison for the Missouri Department of Higher Education from 2007 to 2010. During that time, she participated in the development of the state’s coordinated plan for higher education; assisted in establishing policies to implement landmark higher education legislation, including a new need-based financial aid program; and conducted a review of the state’s public college and university facilities to develop a process for prioritizing capital projects.

Closing Keynote: Chris Zimmerman

Executive Director, Weber School District Foundation, Utah

Chris Zimmerman is a long time Weber County resident. Chris has served as the Executive Director for the Weber School District Foundation since 2007. Chris grew up in a military family, which gave him the opportunity to live in four countries, and six states before settling down in Roy, UT. Chris is a Roy High graduate. He is a Weber State Alumni where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1978 and a Master’s of Criminal Justice degree in 2009.

Chris brings to the foundation vast knowledge and years of experience. Previous to working for the foundation, he spent twenty-nine years in law enforcement. Spending five of those years as Roy City Chief of Police, and four years as Chief Deputy of the Weber County Sherriff’s office. Chris’s influence on the community is extensive. He has served in a variety of leadership and volunteer capacities throughout the county and state.


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Ideal for: Safety Coordinators, School Resource Officers, Board Members, Superintendents, School Support Staff for K-12 and Higher Education

Schedule At-A-Glance

Wednesday, October 4

Welcome – Opening Session

Breakout Sessions


Breakout Sessions

General Session

Reception in Exhibit Hall

Schedule At-A-Glance

Thursday, October 5

Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

Breakout Sessions

Lunch in Exhibit Hall

Breakout Sessions

Closing Session Keynote
Chris Zimmerman, Weber School District, Roy, Utah

Heroes Among Us Award

Do you know someone in your schools or community who has gone above and beyond to ensure the children in your schools are safe? Is there someone in your school who has intervened in a situation that saved lives? Do you have a person in your school community who has developed a program that is having a dramatic impact on the climate and culture of your schools that is making our schools a safer place for teaching and learning to occur? If so, please take this opportunity to nominate this individual for this special recognition.

Nominations for this award will be accepted until August 15, 2017. Three finalists for this award will be announced by September 1st with the winner of the award recognized at the Safe Schools and Colleges Conference this fall. Please submit the following:

1. Name and contact information of the person making the nomination
2. Name of the person being nominated.
3. The position the nominee holds in the schools or community.
4. A brief summary (no more than 1 page single spaced) of why this person should be considered for this award.