Committee Members

The University Safety Committee is an advisory group charged to identify and help address safety conditions on the UCA campus. The committee’s charge:

  • To recommend to the Vice President for Finance and Administration services policies that ensure an environment free from unreasonable risk, thereby reducing the number and severity of occupational illnesses and injuries.
  • To serve as a resource for the various administrative units on campus, assisting them in the identification and correction of unsafe conditions or practices in their areas.
  • To serve as the coordinating body in monitoring compliance with safety regulations.
  • To recommend to the Vice President for Finance and Administration services expenditures necessary to achieve the university's safety goals.

Membership: The Vice President for Finance and Administration, Medical Director of Student Health Services, Chief of Police, Associate Vice President/Admin. Services/Human Resources, Associate General Counsel, Director of Physical Plant, and Director of Environmental Health and Safety will serve as permanent members.  One faculty member appointed by the Faculty Senate, two staff members appointed by the Staff Senate, one student member appointed by the Student Government Association will serve. Faculty members will serve four-year terms, staff members will serve two-year terms, and student members will serve one-year terms.  The Director of Organizational and Community Services, Research Compliance Coordinator, hazardous chemical expert from the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Insurance Manager, and Associate Director of Media Relations will serve in an ex-officio capacity.  The chair is appointed by the president and the secretary is elected by the committee.

Current members are:

University Police Chief Larry James, Chair

Diane Newton, Vice President for Finance and Administration

Randy Pastor, Medical Director of Student Health Services

Kim Hutchcraft, Insurance Manger

Katie Henry, Associate General Counsel

Meredith Kemper, Faculty Senate appointment

Andy Faulkner, Staff Senate appointment

Stephanie McBrayer, Staff Senate appointment

Corey Parks, Student Government Association appointment

Paula Mihalcik, Environmental Health & Safety Director

Graham Gillis, Associate Vice President of Human Resources

Arch Jones, Jr., Director of Organizational and Community Services

Larry Lawrence, Director of Physical Plant

Julie Nikel-Butler, Research Compliance Coordinator

Rick Tarkka, Hazardous Chemical Expert, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Position Vacant, Associate Director of Media Relations