February 28, 2018 12:00PM
“Throughout Mike’s tenure, the challenges facing university law enforcement and security have grown increasing complex,” said Steve Erwin, vice president for Student Life. “Mike’s experience and vision have allowed Pittsburg State to become a respected leader in campus safety. His outreach efforts strengthened our partnerships with local, regional and national agencies. We’re grateful for his years of service and wish him well in retirement.”
McCracken’s last day at the university will be March 9. Jason Kegler, assistant vice president for Student Life, will serve as interim director of the department while the university conducts a regional search to fill the position.
A reception to honor McCracken’s service will be held on from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 15 in the Heritage Room of the Overman Student Center. A special program will be held at 2 p.m.
McCracken came to Pittsburg State in 1997 as a police officer after nearly a decade in law enforcement with the Girard City Police, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department and the Kansas Highway Patrol.
He quickly moved up the ranks at Pittsburg State with promotions to Sergeant in 2002, and to Captain/Director of the department in 2008.
McCracken has worked closely with colleagues to advance law enforcement efforts throughout the Kansas Board of Regents system and the MIAA Conference. He is an active member of the Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police, International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators and the Kansas Peace Officers Association.
He currently serves as a member of the Kansas All Hazards Incident Management Team, the NCS4 Intercollegiate Advisory Committee, and the Tri-State Major Case Squad.