Tom Carey Retirement Announcement

Tom CareyAfter 13 years of service to Bates, Director of Security and Campus Safety Tom Carey ‘73 will retire at the end of this semester.

During his tenure leading the Office of Security and Campus Safety, Tom has overseen numerous improvements to both the day-to-day operations of the office and the overall security of our campus. Meaningful enhancements to reporting, systems, community involvement, and security protocols occurred under Tom’s leadership.

Collaborating with many campus offices and functions, Tom and his team in Security spearheaded several projects and initiatives to increase the safety and security of our campus for students, faculty and staff. From campus-wide improvements to external lighting to the introduction of state-of-the-art communications systems, these efforts and investments will have a lasting impact on Bates far into the future.

Beyond Bates, Tom maintained a deep network of professional relationships, adding an extra layer of support to security and safety initiatives at Bates. His service as President and Vice President of the Maine College and University Security Directors Association opened significant training opportunities for security officers.  As chairman of the domestic preparedness committee for the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators resulted in an “all hazards” approach to emergency response training, which was reviewed and approved by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Tom’s relationships with federal, state, and local law enforcement entities provided meaningful access to important training in terrorism, hostage/active shooter situations, museum security training, civil rights training, and, most recently, fair and impartial policing.  His continued work with the Lewiston Police Department also afforded Security the support needed for effective collaboration between Bates College and the City of Lewiston.

As an alumnus, Tom has been connected with Bates for over forty years, and he will be missed both personally and professionally.