Chief Lawson has served as the Chief of Police at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, NC since 1992 and began as the Assistant Chief in 1989. She has 30 years of experience in law enforcement, serving nine years at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and 21 years at Wake Forest University. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology with a minor in Criminal Justice from University of North Carolina at Wilmington and holds her North Carolina Department of Justice Advanced Law Enforcement Certification, Law Enforcement Instructor Certification and has completed the North Carolina Institute of Government Law Enforcement Executive Program.
Chief Lawson has been an active member of IACLEA (International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators) for 20 years, during which time she served on the Board of Directors, as a conference host and co-host, as Co-chair of the IACLEA Accreditation Commission and Membership Committee and led the WFU Police Department to became one of the first pilot agencies to successfully complete Accreditation in 2008 and successful reaccreditation in 2011 and 2014. She has also served as a member of the Finance Committee, Professional Development and Nominations Committee. She was one of the first IACLEA trained LEMAP (Loaned Executive Management Program) Assessors and has represented IACLEA on the Board of Directors for the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education. Chief Lawson has also served two terms as a board member with the Northeast North Carolina Chapter of the Red Cross.
In addition she has been a long-term member of IACP (International Association of Chief of Police), served as President of NCACLEA (North Carolina Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators), assisted in the passing of several legislative actions to advance campus law enforcement, helped established the Crisis Management Team as well as the CARE Threat Assessment Team on our campus. Chief Lawson also has 20 years of experience consulting for a variety of campuses across the country, conducting independent audits, strategic planning initiatives, self-assessment reviews and training.