Douglas Reece of Royal Palm Beach has joined Palm Beach Atlantic University as director of campus safety and security. Reece is a retired captain with the Palm Beach County’s Sheriff’s Office and earned his master’s degree in organizational leadership from PBAU in 2005.
Reece is responsible for serving as the primary contact between the university and external agencies in regard to safety and security issues. He is an active member of the university’s Crisis Management Team. He manages the departmental budget and the security content on the external web sites.
Prior to serving with the PBSO, Reece was a firefighter/EMT for four years. For 10 years, he served with the PBSO as a deputy sheriff. He then served as a sergeant for seven years. He worked as a lieutenant for three years before being promoted to the rank of captain for the remainder of his career.
Throughout his time in law enforcement, Reece completed specialized training that includes certifications in domestic violence, prevention and response to suicide bombing incidents, FBI terrorism awareness, weapons of mass destruction, active shooter and anger management.
Reece also owns a leadership consulting firm after having obtained a coach, teacher, trainer and speaker certification from the John C. Maxwell certification program.