Margolis Healy and the National Center
The National Center for Campus Public Safety was established in 2013 with a $2.3 million bipartisan grant from the US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). In consultation with key stakeholders and federal partners, BJA developed a competitive solicitation (PDF) and received proposals to create and host the National Center. Through this process, a cooperative agreement and subsequent funding were awarded to Burlington, Vermont based Margolis Healy, a national consulting firm specializing in campus safety, security and regulatory compliance for higher education and K-12, in the fall of 2013. Margolis Healy was charged with establishing and leading the National Center.
About Margolis Healy
Margolis Healy is a professional services firm specializing in campus safety, security, and regulatory compliance for higher education and K-12. We provide our clients with a variety of specialized services that include, but are not limited to, campus safety and security assessments, Title IX and Clery Act assessments; emergency management risk and hazard assessments; emergency preparedness and crisis response systems and exercises; implementation of lethal and less-than-lethal force options; litigation consultation; and special investigations/independent reviews. Our team of professionals brings a diverse set of skills and expertise to client institutions ranging from large public universities to private institutions, community colleges and K-12 private and public school districts.
Gary J. Margolis, Ph.D. and Steven J. Healy founded Margolis Healy in January 2008 when they merged their practices, Margolis & Associates, LLC and Strategic Security Consulting, LLC, into Margolis Healy & Associates, LLC. With more than fifteen years each of providing consulting services to clients in the education, public and private sectors, their combined experience quickly earned Margolis Healy recognition as one of the leading professional services firms for safety and security needs in North America. In August 2013, U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance awarded Margolis Healy the responsibility of developing and operating The National Center for Campus Public Safety, established by Congress in early 2013.
The Margolis Healy team has personally managed or been intimately involved with numerous high profile higher education cases. These cases include Clery Act and Title IX compliance issues at institutions such as Penn State and Swarthmore or critical incidents on college campuses ranging from violent crimes at universities such as Virginia Tech to natural disasters (including the 9/11 tragedy and its impact on the schools in NYC). We have first-hand experience in strategic security planning, crisis response and recovery planning and campus public safety management at institutions of higher education. Gary Margolis was contracted to review the Federal Emergency Management Department’s Incident Action Guides to assure their relevancy to the higher education environment. Shortly after the tragic mass shooting incident at Virginia Tech in 2007, the U.S. Department of Education Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools asked Steven J. Healy to participate in the development of the first ever emergency management guide for higher education. That document, Action Guide for Emergency Management at Institutions of Higher Education, is considered an essential playbook for campuses developing or refining their emergency management programs. In addition, Steven J. Healy and Gary Margolis are the lead authors of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrator’s Blueprint for Safer Campuses: An Overview of the Virginia Tech Tragedy and Implications for Campus Safety. This document, unveiled at a press conference sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, is a roadmap for campus safety and security. Margolis Healy also manages competitive grants from the U.S. Department of Justice (Community Oriented Policing Services Office and Bureau of Justice Assistance) on topics ranging from behavioral threat assessment to crime prevention and study abroad safety.
Steven Healy and Gary Margolis have worked tirelessly to assemble the best and brightest in the campus safety and security, and regulatory compliance fields in order to provide Margolis Healy clients with outstanding service. The high-level of professionalism and breadth of experience each member of the Margolis Healy team has is second to none and allows us to provide each of our clients, no matter how difficult or challenging their case may be, with personalized attention and, most importantly, high-quality work.