Raymond Thrower, jr
TITLE: Associate Consultant
PHONE: 800-231-9106 x 123
OFFICE LOCATION: Corporate Headquarters: Charlotte, NC
Raymond “Ray” H. Thrower, Jr. is an Associate Consultant at Threat Suppression, Incorporated. Ray is a nationally recognized expert in campus public safety. He has 40 years’ experience in municipal and campus public safety and more than 32 years’ management experience in campus public safety administration, environmental health and safety, emergency management, and firefighting.
Ray currently serves as Associate Vice-President for Public Safety and Campus Police at Queens University of Charlotte. In this role, he is also the Director of Emergency Management and Clery Compliance Manager. Ray served as the Director of Campus Safety and Director of Emergency Management at Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minnesota for 15 years. Prior to Gustavus, he served as Deputy Manager of Security for King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia; Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police for Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina; and Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police at Queens University of Charlotte in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Ray is a past president of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA). His term as president came at a crucial time for campus public safety and security as a result of the April 2007 tragedy at Virginia Tech University. In response to the situation at Virginia Tech, along with subsequent active shooter situations at schools such as Louisiana Technical College and Northern Illinois University, Raymond convened a high-level taskforce to make recommendations for institutions of higher education. This taskforce made recommendations through a public safety lens resulting from the shooting incidents at institutions of higher education. The taskforce published “The IACLEA Blueprint for Safer Campuses” which has been utilized by campus public safety departments and others around the world. Ray has also served as a member of the Board of Directors, Domestic Preparedness, and awards and recognition in addition to chairing numerous other committees and taskforces for IACLEA.
Ray previously served as a master trainer for the Community and College Consortium for Health and Safety Training (C.C.C.H.S.T.); an adjunct instructor at South Central College in the departments of Environmental Health and Safety, Fire and Police; and an adjunct instructor for Michigan State University Outreach School of Criminal Justice for 15 years.
Upon his retirement from the fire and rescue sector, Ray held a North Carolina and Minnesota Firefighter II and Fire and Rescue Instructor Level II certifications. Ray has extensive knowledge and experience in the area of incident command and emergency management and has instructed institutional presidents, administrators and first responders from around the world (United States, Canada, China, South Africa, England, Scotland and Saudi Arabia). In 1998, Ray oversaw emergency response operations resulting from an F-3 tornado that hit Gustavus Adolphus College resulting in 60 million dollars in damage (this was the largest property damage ever sustained at an institution of higher education until Hurricane Katrina).
Ray is very experienced in the concept of Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED). Ray is a certified CPTED instructor with John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, and has taught numerous CPTED classes throughout the country. Ray has conducted multiple large-scale safety and security analyses for educational institutions, businesses, and houses of worship.
Ray has appeared and been quoted on numerous news services in the arena of campus public safety. He continues to contribute extensively to the national and international dialog for K-12 and campus public safety. Ray holds a bachelor’s in criminal justice from Sacred Heart College. Ray is a certified Clery Compliance Officer with the National Association of Clery Compliance Officers and Professionals. The certification is considered the national "gold standard" for Clery Compliance experts. Ray can be reached at rthrower@ThreatSuppression.com.