Corrections Official Jeremy Barclay To Speak At CMU

Alumnus to present annual 30th annual Gaddis Lecture

Effective communication in a rapidly changing world has its challenges, and especially so when the issue is public safety. Jeremy Barclay will talk about the subject during the annual Merrill E. Gaddis Memorial Lecture at Central Methodist University.

Barclay's Gaddis Lecture, entitled "Public Safety and Communication: Mixing Cyberdyne and Reality in the Actual 21st Century," is set for Tuesday, Oct. 15 in the Courtney/Dealy Rooms of the CMU Student and Community Center. The 7 p.m. event is open to the public at no charge.

As a CMU alumnus, Barclay continues the tradition of Central graduates presenting the Gaddis Lecture. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Service (Administration) from Central Methodist University and continued his education at The University of Kansas, receiving his Masters of Public Administration.

Barclay began his career as the business license auditor for South Bend, Indiana and also served as the senior budget analyst for the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kan. He was formerly the City Administrator of Chappell, Neb., a position he held from 2000-2002.

The CMU alumnus was appointed Special Assistant to the Kansas Secretary of Corrections by then-Corrections Secretary Roger Werholtz effective Oct. 2003. Barclay was named Communications Director by current Kansas Corrections Secretary Ray Roberts in August 2012. He is responsible for overseeing legislative and public affairs, research and victim services for the Kansas Department of Corrections.

CMU has hosted the Gaddis Lecture series, which traditionally features notable Central alumni as speakers, since 1984. It is sponsored by CMU's Kappa Chapter of Pi Gamma Mu, international honor society for the social sciences.

The Kappa Chapter was established at Central in 1935 by Dr. Merrill Gaddis (1891-1958), who was professor of history and later chair of its history and political science department, and who served the institution for nearly 30 years.


Posted October 7, 2013