Michael Stapleton, who retires this month after 12 years as director of public safety at the University of North Georgia (UNG), has been chosen as the Alex K. Johnson Member of the Year by the Georgia Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.
The award is given to the member of the organization whose dedication and service to the association and whose professionalism in the promotion of public safety in higher education exceeds that of his peers. Stapleton received the award from organization President Bobby Hamil from Clayton State during the group's Nov. 15 fall business meeting.
Nominations for the award are made during the group's summer business meeting; nominees are voted upon by all current members. Members of the Year winners receive a plaque, Member of the Year certificate and dues renewal for the following year.
Stapleton served in law enforcement for more than 30 years and has 10 years of experience as a mediator in the University System of Georgia. He has served as a coach in the Summer Institute on Conflict Management in Higher Education.
After his retirement, Stapleton will continue to serve in his part-time position as UNG's ombudsman for faculty and staff.