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John Bermel

Director of Security and Emergency Management, Security

Before arriving at Carleton, I worked at the Apple Valley, Minnesota Police Department as a senior-level leader before retiring after a 33-year career. In 2009, I founded Influence International, a 501(c)(3) United States non-profit corporation. Influence International equips public service professionals for capable, honest, and compassionate public service. In 2020 I was elected to serve on the Lakeville City Council. I also serve on the Board of Haiti Teen Challenge.

My educational background includes a Master of Divinity Degree from Luther Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management and Communication from Concordia University-St. Paul, and an Associate of Arts in Law Enforcement from Alexandria Technical College. I am also a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School Crises Leadership in Higher Education Program and the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.


At Carleton since 2018.