Bio Gary

Dr. Gary J. Margolis
Founder and CEO

Dr. Gary J. Margolis has more than 20 years of distinguished experience in law enforcement and public safety, and over a decade in higher education safety and security. Prior to co-founding Social Sentinel, Inc., he co-founded Margolis Healy & Associates, LLC, a professional services firm specializing in campus safety, security, and regulatory compliance for higher education and K-12.

Under his leadership as Chief of Police at the University of Vermont (1998 – 2009), UVM Police Services became a three-time internationally accredited police agency through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). In addition, he has served as a police executive, police academy administrator, police officer and deputy sheriff.

A highly-respected and sought after consultant, speaker, educator, and trainer, Dr. Margolis’ areas of expertise include crises response and communications; security technology application; emergency response and recovery planning; and preventing sexual and gender violence. He is called upon by the US Departments of Justice, Education and Homeland Security as a campus security expert and has testified before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Shortly after the 9/11 tragedies, Dr. Margolis was appointed by former Vermont Governor James Douglas to serve on the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisory Committee.

Dr. Margolis traveled to Israel as an invited guest of the Israeli Government and Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) to study terrorism and share his expertise with the Israel National Police and Israel Defense Forces. He has led or been involved in several national and international initiatives for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA).

Dr. Margolis is on the Board of Commissioners for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), and is a Past General Chair of the University & College Section of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the oldest and largest police association in the world. He is a former member of the association’s executive committee, and a founding faculty member of the IACP National Law Enforcement Leadership Institute on Violence Against Women sponsored by the US Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

Dr. Margolis has been a featured presenter for the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA); the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO); the National Association of College Auxiliary Services (NACAS); The National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA); and the Association of College Personnel Administrators (ACPA). His work has been featured in American Council of Education (ACE), Police Chief magazine, the Campus Law Enforcement Journal magazine, and Campus Safety Magazine. He has appeared in the New York Times and various nationally recognized media outlets, including National Public Radio.

Dr. Margolis held a Research Associate Professor appointment in the University of Vermont College of Education and Social Services, and an adjunct professor at Norwich University for many years. He has taught leadership and policy studies for masters and doctoral students in UVM’s Educational Leadership & Policy Studies Program, and organizational development and policy administration for master’s students in Norwich University’s Masters of Justice Administration program.

Dr. Margolis has a Masters Degree in Education and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Vermont. He is a graduate of the Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government Executive Education Program.