Fountain L. Walker headshot with 'Our Core Values' poster in the background.

Fountain L. Walker, Associate Vice President, Public Safety NYU - New York

Thomas Ellet headshot, sitting on Kimmel stairs.

Thomas Ellett, Senior Associate Vice President for Student Affairs / Associate Vice Provost for University Programs

Fountain L. Walker, Associate Vice President, Campus Safety NYU - New York, and Thomas Ellett, Senior Associate Vice President for Student Affairs / Associate Vice Provost for University Programs, visit with Karen and Sabah to discuss NYU's Behavioral Intervention Team and the safety resources it provides to the University community.

Fountain L. Walker

Fountain L. Walker is a native of Miami, Florida.  He served eight years in the United States Marine Corps at Camp Lejuene and after completing his second tour of duty opted for a career in law enforcement.  During his time in public safety service he has held positions in North Carolina and Illinois.  Fountain served as Chief of Police at Davidson College, Davidson, NC and University of Chicago, Chicago IL.  He has twenty-four years of public safety experience.  Fountain is an advocate for community engagement and spent his career working to change the perception that the community has of law enforcement through open dialogue, transparency, professional development and training.      

Fountain is now the Associate Vice President, Campus Safety at New York University and is responsible for the Field Operations Division which is made up of three hundred Security Services personnel, Investigative Services & Victim Advocacy, External Affairs & Protective Services, and Campus Safety Event Security Services.  The New York University Department of Campus Safety is committed to professionalism, excellence and community.

Fountain has a Master of Arts, Human Services Counseling and accumulated a number of certifications and awards throughout his career.


Thomas Ellett, Ph.D.

Tom currently serves as the Sr. Associate Vice President of Student Affairs / Associate Provost for University Programs at New York University. Tom’s current responsibilities include supervising over 100 full-time staff, 88 Faculty members serving in residence or as affiliates in the student affairs units, and 500+ paraprofessional staff, while the operations total $195 Million in overall revenue.  He has oversight for the following student development/services offices: Research and Assessment, Residential Life, Housing Services, University Community Standards and Compliance, and the Center for Student Life (which includes Orientation, Commuter Student Life, Transfer Students and Graduate Student Life).

Tom also holds an academic appointment to teach graduate level courses at NYU’s Steinhardt School HESA program (Higher Education and Student Affairs).  He served as the President of the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International (ACUHO-I) a few years ago. Tom received his Ph.D. from Fordham University in Education, Leadership, Administration and Policy program.


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