ODU Announces Director of Public Safety

Lisa Sprague


Columbus, OH Ohio Dominican University (ODU) is pleased to announce Lisa Sprague as director of Public Safety. She assumed her new role on July 1. 

While leading ODU’s Office of Public Safety, Sprague will collaborate on and initiate safety efforts on campus, and work with ODU and local law enforcement officials to ensure the safety of the campus community. 

Sprague brings 30 years of law enforcement experience to ODU. During her career, she has developed, implemented and monitored the effectiveness of a variety of policies and procedures that impact faculty, staff, students, visitors and service providers. 

Sprague comes to ODU having most recently served as an associate chief of police at Florida State University (FSU), Tallahassee, where she provided leadership to a comprehensive, 24-hour law enforcement agency for a diverse community of approximately 40,000 students and more than 12,000 faculty and staff at University locations in Tallahassee, Panama City, and The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota. 

“Lisa brings a tremendous amount of experience, knowledge and skills in both campus and local law enforcement to ODU,” said ODU President Peter Cimbolic, Ph.D. “ODU is proud to have one of the safest campuses in Central Ohio, and we’re pleased to have Lisa leading our Office of Public Safety, and continuing our commitment to providing students a safe learning environment.” 

In addition to acting as CEO and president of Sprague Security, Safety and Risk Consulting Group, she also recently served as a reserve police officer for the State of Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and spent 12 years as the chief of police at Truman State University (TSU). She also served as the director of Public Safety at Stetson University in Deland, Fla., and at a number of local law enforcement agencies. 

Sprague earned a degree in Human Services from Tompkins Cortland Community College in New York; a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Miami in Florida, where she majored in Human Services and minored in Psychology; and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Columbia College in Missouri. Sprague holds a variety of professional certifications. 

She is active in many police associations and organizations, and has served as president for the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators and the Missouri Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators. She is a member of the National Sheriff’s Association, Florida Police Chiefs’ Association and the Florida Sheriff’s Association. Additionally, she provided leadership to the Missouri Police Chiefs Association as a peer assessor and chaired the State Law Enforcement Diversity Committee.  

Sprague has served as an adjunct instructor at FSU and ITT Tech, and has presented, published and led workshops on a variety of law enforcement related topics. 

Ohio Dominican University is a four-year private liberal arts and master’s institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic Dominican tradition. The University has approximately 2,700 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 43 majors as well as seven graduate degree programs. Ohio Dominican uses a student-centered approach, with a commitment to quality teaching and learning.