Department of Safety & Security Leadership

Eric M. Heath

Eric M. Heath is the Associate Vice President for Safety & Security. Eric has administrative and operational responsibility for the Department of Safety & Security, which includes the University of Chicago Police Department, Environmental Health and Safety, Emergency Management, Transportation & Parking Services, and Campus Safety. Eric graduated from the University of Arkansas with both a Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in Sociology, attended the Northwestern University's School of Police Staff & Command, and served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Prior to returning to the University of Chicago, Eric was the Assistant Vice President for Public Safety and Chief of Police at George Mason University.

Krista G. Cooley

Krista G. Cooley is the Executive Director of Environmental Health and Safety. In this role, Krista is responsible for University-wide development and coordination of all safety and environmental initiatives, occupational safety, occupational health, fire safety, and environmental protection. Krista earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health and a Master of Science in Environmental Health and Safety, both from Illinois State University.

Paul DeLuca

Paul DeLuca serves as the Director of Emergency Management and Communications. Paul is responsible for the University's Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs, leading the University's emergency planning and preparation efforts. He also has oversight for the University’s Emergency Communications Center. Paul earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Seton Hall University, and a Master in Public Health in Health Policy Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Paul completed the Emergency Management and Continuity Planning Campus Certification program at UIC and is recognized as a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) and a Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) by the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) and the Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRII), respectively.

Michael Kwiatkowski

Michael Kwiatkowski is the Executive Director for Campus Safety. In this role, Michael is responsible for operational oversight of Campus Safety which includes the University of Chicago Charter School Security, the University of Chicago Laboratory School Security, the Allied Universal security services contract, Security and Law Enforcement Systems, Accountability, and Clery Compliance. Michael is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command. Prior to assuming this role, Michael served as a Deputy Chief for the University of Chicago Police Department.

Kenton W. Rainey

Kenton W. Rainey is the Chief of Police for the University of Chicago Police Department. Kenton oversees the day-to-day operations of the UCPD and its approximately 100 police officers. He also serves as the department’s representative on campus and in the communities located within the UCPD’s extended patrol area. As chief, Kenton directs the UCPD’s policing initiatives and develops crime prevention strategies. Kenton earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from California State University Long Beach and master’s degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix. He is also a fellow with the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), and holds certificates from the Public Safety Management Academy at UCLA and the Senior Management Institute of Policing through the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).

Beth A. Tindel

Beth A. Tindel is the Director of Transportation & Parking Services. In this role, Beth oversees University-wide commuter, parking, traffic, and transit functions. She is responsible for parking functions in the University’s parking structure and surface lots and she manages the University’s agreement with the CTA, the daytime and NightRide shuttles, charter buses, and the University’s various alternative transportation programs. Beth earned a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Arts from the University of Georgia.

Diane Ziarno

Diane Ziarno is the Executive Director of Management Services with the Department of Safety & Security. Diane provides departmental oversight for the budget, human resources, and administrative functions supporting all Department of Safety & Security units. Diane holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Chicago and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).