(April 1, 2015) — Armstrong State University’s Chief of Police Wayne Willcox was honored with a Federal 100 Award at the 26th Annual Federal 100 Awards Gala in Washington, D.C. on March 26. Willcox was the only honoree from an academic institution.
“This award truly recognizes Armstrong and the exceptional culture that fosters innovation,” said Willcox. “Over the past few years, the Armstrong Police Department and, in particular, the cyber-crime program, has been able to partner with quite a few federal institutions and receive recognition for the value that we bring to the nation’s cyber security effort as a leader in cyber-crime education.”
The Federal 100 Awards are presented to government, industry and academic leaders who have played pivotal roles affecting how the federal government acquires, develops and manages IT, and who have transformed or accelerated their agency’s mission. Willcox is only one of 100 individuals from around the country to be given this award.
To be in the running for this award, winners must first be nominated for the Federal 100 by their peers in the federal IT community. A panel of judges – including government and industry executives as well as former Federal 100 winners -- then selects the winners.
Willcox, who also serves as the director of the university’s Cyber Security Research Institute, is originally from Piqua, Ohio, and joined Armstrong in 2009. He previously worked at the Piqua Police Department in Piqua, Ohio for 37 years, retiring as Chief of Police prior to joining Armstrong.
In 2013, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal presented Willcox with a Governor’s Public Safety Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Profession. The award honored Willcox for his cyber forensics leadership, which reduced the digital forensics backlog in southeast Georgia from seven to 12 months to less than 30 days.
Over the years, Willcox has won numerous awards including the Spirit of Armstrong Award, the Ohio Behavioral Health Association Award for Innovative Leadership, an Ohio Senate Commendation for Outstanding Achievement, a Commendation for Community Service from the Ohio Governor and the Bill Fox Community Service Award.
A Certified Law Enforcement Executive (CLEE), Willcox is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command, The Police Executive Leadership College and The Edison Leadership Institute. He has an M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration from Tiffin University and a B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Findlay.
In addition to attending a black-tie reception at the Grand Hyatt Washington, Willcox was also featured in the March 30 issue of FCW magazine and on FCW.com.