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2017 SUS Campus Safety & Security Summit



Location: University of South Florida, Patel Center for Global Solutions (CGS), 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, FL 33620. Map and directions to the USF Patel Center for Global Solutions (CGS) can be found here:

Dates: June 19-20, 2017

Time:  June 19th: 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm.; June 20th: 7:30 am - 12:00 pm

Parking: Parking lot available next to event location

Cost: $60.00

Registration: Interested individuals must register for this event by visiting the following website:


USF is hosting the 3rd SUS Campus Safety & Security Summit where university leaders gather to share best practices for avoiding, preparing for and dealing with crisis situations on campus.

Multiple panels of distinguished law enforcement, academic and industry experts will discuss critical safety and security issues that universities are facing today. Keynote presentations will be given by Vice Admiral Mike McConnell on  "Cybersecurity Threats, Trends and Progress" and Dr. Larry Barton will present on "Mental Health Challenges for Institutional Leaders."


Agenda: Please find the summit schedule below (*note that times are subject are change)

Monday, June 19th                                                                                                                     

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Registration                                                                                                        

3:00 pm – 4:45 pm – Opening Session & Keynote Presentation: "Cybersecurity Threats, Trends and Progress" – Mike McConnell, Vice Admiral USN (Ret.)                                                                                   

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm - Cybersecurity Panel Discussion 

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm - Protest on Campus Panel Discussion          

7:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Reception

Tuesday, June 20th                                                                                                                         

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. - Breakfast                                                                                                        

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. - Crisis Management Panel Discussion 

9:00 – 10:15 a.m. – Presentation, Cari J. Robins, Supervisory Special Agent, FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU)                                    

10:30a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Keynote Presentation: "Mental Health Challenges for Institutional Leaders: Lesson Learned – When Signals are Missed" Dr. Larry Barton, Distinguished University Professor of Crisis Management and Public Safety, University of Central Florida

11:30a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Conclusions and Next Steps



Block rates for the SUS Safety & Security Summit are available at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa USF/Near Busch Gardens, 3705 Spectrum Blvd.

You can book directly at this link or call Embassy Suites reservations department at 1-800-EMBASSY (1-800-362-2779) and mention that you are with the Safety & Security Summit and/or mention the group code SSS. The reservation deadline is Saturday, May 20th.


Presenter Bios

Dr. Larry Barton is one of the world's leading experts in crisis management and threat assessment. He serves as the Distinguished University Professor of Crisis Management and Public Safety at the University of Central Florida (UCF). Prior to this post, he served as the O. Alfred Granum Chair in Management at The American College from 2003-2016 and as President and CEO of that institution from 2003-2013. Dr. Barton is the highest rated instructor at The FBI Academy and U.S. Marshals Service where he teaches three courses in threat evaluation to federal and state law enforcement.

Dr. Barton designs strategies and solutions addressing workplace violence prevention and mitigation; this includes presentations, 24/7 evaluative services and ongoing training. He is a frequent commentator on television networks during and after incidents of public violence. Dr. Barton served as on-air commentator for CNN and BBC during the Sandy Hook tragedy, for CNN and CNBC during the Navy Yard shootings and for Al Jazeera during the 2014 massacre at Fort Hood.

The author of four best-selling books on crisis response, his latest work, Crisis Leadership Now (McGraw-Hill) was voted one of the Best Business Books of the Year by Soundview Executive Books. That work is now used in over 340 training programs globally and is available at

Dr. Barton was Vice President of Issues Management for Motorola from 1995-1999, managing risk and crisis management for a multinational with 152,000 employees and contractors; he led the investigation into several murders at that company during this period. As a result of his efforts, he was asked to help write the definitive study for the U.S. Congress on management changes needed at the U.S. Postal Service.

Since 1990, Dr. Barton has helped clients respond to over 3,400 critical incidents in the workplace, including cases of homicide, suicide, stalking, executive harassment, physical assaults, emotional breakdowns and threats via social networking. His client list includes 120 members of the Fortune 500. He stages high impact simulations and scenarios for corporate teams on issues including the insider threat, radicalization, data breaches, and active shooter scenarios.

He holds an AB, magna cum laude in speech and communications from Boston College, the MALD in international law from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and a Ph.D. in international relations and public policy from Boston University. He was named the first Fulbright Scholar to Japan in Crisis Management and was instrumental in working with the Japanese National Police in their investigation of the Aum cult, a group that killed 12 and seriously injured hundreds of others on the Tokyo subway system.

Dr. Barton has been voted "One of the 100 Most Powerful People in Insurance" for seven consecutive years by Insurance Newscast.


Mike McConnell is a Senior Executive Advisor and former Vice Chairman of Booz Allen Hamilton, where his primary roles included serving on the firm's Leadership Team and leading Booz Allen's expanding cyber business.

After retiring from the Navy in 1996 as a Vice Admiral, Mr. McConnell joined Booz Allen and led the development of the firm's Information Assurance business and the firm's Intelligence business focused on policy, transformation, homeland security, and intelligence analytics – rising to the position of senior vice president.

Upon being asked by President George W. Bush in 2007 to become the second Director of National Intelligence (DNI), he left Booz Allen and served as the DNI for two years under Presidents Bush and Obama. As the DNI, he managed the expansive national Intelligence Community – an organization of over 100,000 people, and an annual global enterprise budget of over $50 billion – and had extensive interactions with the White House, the President's Cabinet, Congress, international leaders, and the US business community. He served as a member of the National Security Council and managed the US Intelligence Community's global engagement in support of US and allied national security objectives.

In 2009, Mr. McConnell returned to Booz Allen as an executive vice president to lead the firm's Intelligence business. In 2011 he was elevated to Vice Chairman of the firm.

Mr. McConnell's career has spanned over 40 years – focused on international development and foreign intelligence issues. His 29-year career as a US Navy intelligence officer included significant assignments that impacted national security issues. During Desert Shield/Storm and the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Mr. McConnell served as the Intelligence Officer for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Colin Powell, and the Secretary of Defense, Dick Cheney. From 1992 to 1996 he served as the Director of the National Security Agency (DIRNSA) under Presidents George H.W. Bush and William J. Clinton.

As DIRNSA, he led the agency during a critical period as it adapted to the multi-polar threats brought about by the end of the Cold War, providing global intelligence and information security services to the White House, Cabinet officials, Congress, and a broad array of military and civil intelligence customers. During the same period, he also served as a member of the Director of Central Intelligence's senior national intelligence leadership team, which addressed major programmatic and substantive foreign intelligence issues.

In addition to having been awarded many of the nation's highest military awards for meritorious service, Mr. McConnell has twice received the nation's highest award for service in the Intelligence Community, once by President Clinton and once by President George W. Bush. He has also served as the Chairman and CEO of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA). He is the 2011 recipient of INSA's William Oliver Baker Award, which is awarded annually for sustained and excellent service in intelligence and national security.

Mr. McConnell holds an M.P.A. degree from George Washington University, is a graduate of the National Defense University (Global Telecom), the National Defense Intelligence College (Strategic Intelligence), and holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Furman University. In addition to being a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Mr. McConnell has also been awarded numerous Honorary Doctorate degrees.


Cari J. Robins, Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) joined the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU), Behavioral Threat Assessment Center (BTAC) in January 2013. In addition to working persons of concern and communications of concern cases, she has focused on gaining experience in assessing stalking cases.

SSA Robins entered the FBI in 2004 and was assigned to the New York Office (NYO).  In the NYO, SSA Robins was on the reactive violent crime squad investigating bank robberies, kidnappings, fugitives and Somali Pirates.  SSA Robins served as the Criminal Threat Coordinator and was primarily responsible for investigating threat cases such as stalking and extortion.  SSA Robins was also a member of the NYO Evidence Response Team.

Prior to the FBI, SSA Robins was an Assistant State Attorney (ASA) in the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office from 2000 to 2004.  As an ASA, SSA Robins was assigned to the Career Criminal Robbery Unit where she specialized in prosecuting habitually violent offenders and complex robbery cases.

SSA Robins earned a Bachelor of Science from Boston University in 1997, a Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law in 2000 and a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2010.   SSA Robins also became a certified forklift operator in 2012.