Carey Drayton to Lead Safety and Security Technology


Following a national search, Carey M. Drayton has been named Director of Safety and Security Systems and Technology. In his new role, Carey will oversee existing systems while engaging with community stakeholders to develop a long-term strategy to align UVA with contemporary standards and best practices in the use of safety and security technology. Carey will oversee a vast array of video, alarm, and emergency communication systems throughout UVA. He will also lead the information technology team that provides support to the Department of Safety and Security. 

Carey has 33 years of service as a law enforcement officer and public safety administrator. He began his career as a student officer at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Police Department, where he was appointed its youngest chief at the age of 26 years. He worked in similar roles at George Washington University, the University of Oregon, and Florida State University.

He joined the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, in 2005, rising to the position of Executive Director of Public Safety/Chief and Special Advisor to Associate Senior VP for Career and Protective Services.  While at USC, he developed a Security Technology Based Crime Suppression strategy, which significantly reduced crime and improved public safety on campus and throughout the adjacent neighborhood.

In 2015, Carey co-founded Pax Bello Security Solutions, a security consultant firm specializing in security assessments, security technology review and assessments, hospital accreditation security assessments, and security system designs.  Prior to forming Pax Bello Security Solutions, he was co-creator and developer of TEAM Services Corporation, an event staffing service for sporting events, concerts, and specialized security ambassador programs.

 “We are fortunate that Carey is joining our team as director of safety and security technology at UVA,” said Associate Vice President for Safety and Security Gloria Graham. “His experience in law enforcement and security systems in both universities and health care facilities will be valuable as UVA increasingly uses technology in our strategies to maximize safety.  Carey has hands-on experience providing the right-sized security technology systems for organizations.”

“I am delighted to be at UVA,” said Carey Drayton. “My background in campus public safety, coupled with my interest in fostering alliances with community members, and my experience as a consultant delivering customized security technology solutions to clients, provide me with a unique set of skills for this position.”

In addition to leading Safety and Security Technology, he will join the leadership team of the Department of Safety and Security.