Phillip Johnson appointed director of Notre Dame Security Police

Author: Dennis Brown &Jenny Monahan


Phillip A. Johnson, associate director of Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP), has been promoted to director, effective March 29.

Johnson joined NDSP as assistant director in 1986 and was named associate director in 2005.He succeeds Rex J. Rakow, who passed away in early March after an 18-month battle with cancer.

This is a difficult time for everyone in the Office of Student Affairs and especially in Notre Dame Security Police; we continue to mourn the tremendous loss of our dear friend and colleague Rex Rakow,said Rev. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C., vice president for student affairs.I am grateful that Phil has accepted our offer to assume the leadership of Notre Dame Security Police. His service, especially over the last few months, has been a genuine inspiration to the department, and he is an eminently respected professional in the law enforcement community.

William W. Kirk, associate vice president for residence life, added:Phil is the natural choice for this position. He has been a member of the senior leadership in NDSP for more than two decades. He is an excellent administrator, an outstanding police officer, and a person truly committed to serving our students well.

During his 21-year tenure at the University, Johnson has overseen police investigations, special events operations, technical services, crime prevention, administration and budgeting, traffic/parking, training, and student employment in the department. He previously served as director of security atCarletonCollegeinNorthfield,Minn., and director of campus safety atAquinasCollegeinGrand Rapids,Mich.

Johnson earned his bachelors degree in sociology and masters degree in business administration from Notre Dame. Active in the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, Johnson currently serves as director-at-large for the organization. His civic activities include service on the board of theFamilyJusticeCenterofSt.JosephCounty, as a past board president of WVPE Radio, and as a volunteer for Christmas in April/Rebuilding Together.

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