Shady Side Academy has appointed Jim Reeder as its new Director of Campus Safety and Security. Reeder began his employment at the Academy on Sept. 1, 2021.
In his role, Reeder will oversee safety and security operations across all four SSA campuses to ensure a safe environment for students, faculty, staff, visitors and property. Responsibilities include: managing a team of security officers and guards; coordinating and implementing comprehensive safety policies and protocols; overseeing the Academy's crisis/emergency response plan; coordinating safety trainings and emergency drills for employees and students; chairing the Academy's Emergency Response Team; serving on the Enterprise Risk Management Team; and acting as a liaison with local police, fire, EMS and other authorities.
For the past 15 years, Reeder has served with the Butler Bureau of Fire, rising up through the ranks to become a fire lieutenant/EMT, where he was responsible for incident command, incident report quality control, new employee training and development, fire suppression and rescue, vehicle and general rescue, and fire safety education and training for local schools and businesses. During that time, he also served as a 911 emergency dispatcher for both Butler and Allegheny Counties. Prior to embarking on a career in safety, he was a teaching and research assistant at West Virginia University and Allegheny College. Reeder holds a master's degree in emergency management and homeland security from Arizona State University and a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Allegheny College. In his free time, he officiates men's NCAA Division III, junior college and boys PIAA basketball games.
"I look forward to leading Shady Side Academy's efforts to ensure the safety and security of the entire school community," said Reeder. "I am excited to begin this new chapter in my career here at Shady Side, and I hope to ensure our faculty, staff and students have the training, knowledge and resources to efficiently and effectively respond to any situation."
"We were impressed with Jim's commitment to school safety, his broad risk and crisis management experience, and his friendly, genial disposition," said SSA President Bart Griffith '93. "I am confident he will help Shady Side remain safe while at the same doing the all-important work of building community."