G. Erik Zoellner, Senior Advisor & Product Development: Higher Education
Erik Zoellner’s background includes over 25 years of higher education experience ranging from housing, university patrol officer, LRC coordinator, college instructor, and vice president of student services. His unique background includes being named “Police Officer of the Year, 1985-1986” for his exemplary service in the line of duty at Oklahoma City University. During his tenure with the university, he and the other officers patrolled an area of Oklahoma City that had been nicknamed the war zone. He was also the lead Field Training Officer (FTO) and trained new officers at the University before being promoted to Sergeant. Dr. Zoellner is a certified Pistol Instructor. He has also worked with colleges and universities in setting up table top scenarios to assist the institutions prepare for critical incidents. Additionally, he has received numerous commendations and awards for his educational and recruitment contributions to the 45th Infantry Brigade and other components of the U.S. armed forces. His support of military personnel was also shown while dean of student services at Tulsa Community College with his role as an Employee Support of Guard and Reserve (ESGR) liaison.
Most recently, while serving as vice president for student services at Navarro College, he was commended for his leadership in guiding the “WatchDog Alert System.” The system is a comprehensive program of early notification, mini-campus safety plan, and “active shooter” preventative training.
Utilizing his family’s hobby of raising homing pigeons, he created Dr. Erik Zoellner & Associates in 2007. The association has evolved into a consulting group that assists businesses, companies, and colleges and universities in expanding.
Dr. Zoellner has made numerous presentations to leadership groups, university, college, and high school representatives and businesses. His passion for education, combined with his law enforcement background, brings a unique perspective to schools, colleges and universities as they prepare best practices for preventative training of critical incidents.
Dr. Zoellner is a graduate of Northeastern State University (Tahlequah, OK) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, a Masters of Science degree in College Teaching, and earned his Doctorate in Higher Education Administration with an emphasis on adult education through Oklahoma State University (Stillwater, OK).