Brian has served in this role for over a decade and leads a team that supports all safety initiatives at NHA. Under his leadership NHA created a School Safety Specialist program that has been credited as “best in class” by a national school safety consultant. Additionally, he serves on the State of Michigan School Safety Commission and the North Carolina Safety Director Advisory Council and occasionally presents at national conferences. In 2016 he was runner up for the Director of the Year award from Campus Safety Magazine. Prior to his career at NHA, he spent 12 years as a police officer at Grand Rapids Police Department with time spent on the SWAT team and served in the training bureau, patrol, and several other areas. He also finds time to serve the community in a variety of roles. B.S., Criminal Justice, Psychology minor, Western Michigan University, M.A., Business Management, Aquinas College
Director of Safety & Health, National Heritage Academies
Brian Gard: Sessions
November 3, 2022 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm | Breakout Session
Creating and Sustaining a Safe School
A safe environment does not happen overnight or without intentional planning, execution and follow up. This presentation guides participants in understanding the importance of creating a safety vision, discovering barriers to achieving this vision, and developing successful strategies to succeed. Participants will apply tactics discussed to their own environment. They will identify “next steps” and leave the session with action items to improve the safety environment they lead.