Chris Houtz, a sergeant with the Lehigh University Police Department Sergeant, received the Jeanne Clery Award for Campus Safety at the Looking Back, Moving Forward: 25 Years of the Jeanne Clery Act Conference held at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. The conference focused on campus safety initiatives across the country, and included presentations and discussions on topics that included sexual violence prevention, community engagement, issues related to LGBT students and the future of campus safety.

A 14-year veteran of the LUPD, Houtz was selected from a national field of roughly 50 nominees. Twice named “Officer of the Year” at Lehigh, Houtz has a background in fire and emergency response and has served as adviser to Lehigh’s Emergency Medical Service group. Houtz was presented the award by Connie Clery, the mother of the Lehigh student who was raped and murdered on Lehigh’s campus in 1986.