Westmont Magazine A Familiar Face Enhances Safety On Campus

The need for safety and security, a top priority for college campuses across the country, has grown exponentially in the past decade. In response to new challenges and realities, Westmont has sharpened its security efforts to keep students, faculty, staff and guests as safe as possible. The college has also changed the department name from public safety to campus safety.

One officer on the staff rose to the top of the list when Tom Bauer ’74, the college’s public safety director for 45 years, decided to step down as chief. “Tom is not retiring but will continue in a part-time role,” says Tom Beveridge, director of physical plant and campus safety. “We’ll take advantage of his expertise in several important and complex areas related to campus safety. We remain so grateful for his long-term commitment and service to our community.”

William (Bill) Boyd III became the new chief of campus safety in May 2019. He arrived at Westmont in November 2016 as a public safety officer after serving for more than 20 years with the Scott County Sheriff’s Department in Iowa. His extensive law enforcement background helped the college respond effectively to the Thomas Fire in December 2017 and the Montecito Mudslide, January 9, 2018. He plays a leading role in responding to COVID-19 planning.

“He is a winsome, dedicated, knowledgeable servant leader who has displayed his commitment to our campus community since his first day here,” says Tom Beveridge.

In his short time as chief, Boyd has worked to secure grants and other funding to install additional security cameras on campus. “It’s important to have complete visual coverage to keep students safe,” Boyd says. Under his leadership, Westmont has increased and improved signage and hired addi- tional staff to cover night shifts, replacing contract workers.

“Campus Safety seeks to be more visible and approachable,” Boyd says. “We want to reflect the utmost respect, care and concern and the highest level of professionalism in meeting the needs for security at Westmont. The safety and protection of our students, staff, faculty and visitors remain our highest priority.

“At no time can we take safety for granted. Even though the Clery Act Annual Security Report and data statistics for Westmont remain among the lowest reported for U.S. colleges and universities, we must continue to be vigilant to protect our campus community and learn from the experiences of other institutions.”

In Iowa, Boyd also served as a youth pastor overseeing a territory that included Wyoming and Nebraska. “It’s wonderful to be in a Christian setting where students have a strong biblical understanding and respond to the Gospel,” he says. “Being around them and worshipping together in chapel increases my faith.”

Boyd lives in Ventura with his wife, Karen, who works for Santa Barbara County Fire, and two sons, William IV (16) and Nathan (12).