Retired Cameron director of public safety honored with lifetime achievement award

Former Cameron University Director of Public Safety Neil Springborn has been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Oklahoma Campus Law Enforcement Administrators Association in recognition of his 28 years in law enforcement. Springborn was a member of the CU staff from 1989 through 2000; prior to that, he served as a deputy sheriff in Comanche County for 16 years. During his illustrious career, he was also an instructor and guest lecturer in CU's Department of Criminal Justice, teaching patrol tactics and techniques and security functions.  

"Neil Springborn is well-deserving of this lifetime achievement award," says CU President Cindy Ross. "Under his leadership, Cameron's Department of Public Safety was greatly enhanced by increased training and the implementation of new programs, and his expertise in law enforcement is exceptional."

 In 1992, while a member of the CU staff, Springborn earned advanced certification under the Law Enforcement Professionals Certification Program through the Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement Education and training. His advanced certification is the highest level of law enforcement certification given by the state.

Following his retirement in 2000, Springborn and his wife Mel have remained ardent CU supporters. Three of their four children attended Cameron. In 2005, the Lawton couple donated $5,000 to the university in support of construction of the McMahon Centennial Complex and the Cameron Gold Club. They have also provided financial support for KCCU and CU's golf program.

Springborn is a member of numerous Oklahoma law enforcement groups, including the Association of Chiefs of Police and the Sheriff and Peace Officers Association.

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 September 4, 2009

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