2019 Police Oversight Committee Nominees

Benjamin Coffman

Director, Risk Management/Environmental Health & Saftey - FAS

Statement of Interest

I desire to continue serving on the Policie Oversight Committee because the Police Department is integral to our risk management strategy at CMU. I want to be involved in the review and resolution of concerns arising from our policing as well as remain a resource for the department. My role on campus meshes perfectly with the purpose of this committee. 

Biography

I graduated from CMU in 2004, and have been employed here for three years. I oversee the insurance program which covers university property and liability (and can include the actions of employees). Additionally, my office is responsible for the university's compliance with the Michigan laws regarding occupational safety and health as well as environmental quality. I came to CMU from the claims division of a large, Michigan based, insurance carrier. I live in Mt. Pleasant with my wife and six (yes six) children


Dustin Abrego

Residence Hall Director, Saxe Hall - ESS

Statement of Interest

I am looking to become more involved in the university overall outside of just my department. I am looking to be an asset to the university and serve in a way that can benefit the students, and CMU PD. 

Biography

My name is Dustin Abrego and I am the Residence Hall Director for Saxe Hall in the East Community. August will mark my fifth year at CMU. I graduated from CMU with my B.A.A. in Broadcasting in 2012, and then Northwest Missouri State University with my M.S. in Higher Education Leadership in 2015. I am currently pursuing an MBA at CMU. 

I am looking to fully commit myself to the service and holistic learning of our student body. On campus I am involved with the Financial Wellness Collaborative, Residence Life Facilities, and greek life advising. Outside of CMU I serve on a professional organization committee and have presented at several conferences on the topics of mindfulness, student finances, and stress management.  


Betty Wagner

Assistant Director, Saxe Acadmic Advising - ESS

Statement of Interest

Social justice is very important to me, and is one of the main reasons I wish to join the Police Oversight Committee. I am interested in fairness to all.

Biography

I am beginning my forty-first year as an employee at Central Michigan University.

The majority of my career was spent in the Admissions Office. Twenty-one years as Director of Admissions where I supervised the recruitment activities of twenty-one staff members. The job entailed supervising travel responsibilities in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin, overseeing the processing of 20,000 applications, planning major campus visits such as "CMU & You" Day, Centralis Scholarship Competition, College Visit Days, and Pre-Orientation receptions, serving as a liaison to high school, community college, faculty, and government officials, developing publications in conjunction with University Communications, and managing a large university budget.

Five years ago I took a position in Parent & Family Services/Academic Advising and Assistance. I answer questions and concerns parents and supporters have throughout their students time on our campus, coordinate monthly electronic newsletters, developed a parent & family website, with a committee am in the  the process of coordinating  a Facebook presence, work with Athletics to create events for Family Day, and meet with the Parent & Guardian Advisory Council. I also serviced part-time as a Pre-Major Advisor for students who commute to campus.


Ed Mink

Journeyman, Locksmith - FAS

I am interested in being on the Police Oversight Committee. I  have been an employee of CMU for the last 8 years. Prior to that, I worked in campus safety and security at the University of Akron for 11 years. Prior to that, I worked security for Kent State University for 5 years. In addition, I worked in Facilities Protection for the BF Goodrich company in Akron Ohio for 15 years. I have had private police, fire, and EMS training in addition to being a Certified Master Locksmith.