Park University announces the appointment of Alan French (left) as director of campus safety and the promotion of Ben Zibers (right) as director for student engagement. French began his duties at Park on Oct. 19 and Zibers’ promotion was effective Nov. 1.
Alan French, Director of Campus Safety
French, who graduated from Park University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice administration, joins Park’s staff after having served as manager of asset protection and safety operations at the Mattel Corp. in Overland Park, Kan. since 2010. Prior corporate experiences include work as a senior project manager at Argus Health Systems in Kansas City, Mo. (2006-10) and Sprint in Overland Park as an instructional designer for Sprint University (2000-06).
Before joining the corporate world, French had a 25-year career with the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department from 1976-2000. He served as the media/public affairs officer from 1983-1990; manager of human resources from 1990-93; field supervisor of the Central Patrol Division (1993-94); manager of accident investigations/safety operations from 1994-95; and operations manager of the South Patrol Division from 1995-2000. In addition, French spent two years as a liaison in the Missouri Governor’s Office from 1982-83, providing protection for Gov. Christopher “Kit” Bond and his family.
As director of campus safety, French’s duties include overseeing a staff of 10 campus safety officers and the manager of environmental health and safety on the University’s Parkville Campus who secure, monitor, enforce and provide administrative resources while offering visibility to the community, coordination of safety-related activities and acting as a liaison with local emergency services.
Ben Zibers, Director of Student Engagement
Zibers is also a graduate of Park University, earning both a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and liberal studies in 2011. Zibers also received a Master of Public Affairs degree in 2014 from Park. Prior to his promotion, Zibers served as coordinator for student engagement within the Office of Student Life at Park from 2013-15. Upon earning his undergraduate degrees, he was a student program specialist from 2011-2013.
As director for student engagement, Zibers oversees the University’s student success retention programs and engagement opportunities for Park students at its 41 campus center locations across the country.