Faculty Member Keynote Speaker at Alcohol and Drug Awareness Breakfast

2014102495083057As part of Grace University’s continued effort to develop servant leaders and lead by example, faculty regularly serve within the community.

Jim Santoro, Dean of the School of Professional and Graduate Studies, was the keynote speaker at the Bellevue Drug Commission’s recent Alcohol and Drug Awareness Breakfast. Santoro, a licensed professional counselor, discussed the importance of educating our children and their parents on the dangers of alcohol and drug use as well as the importance of team work between parents, teachers, law enforcement and counselors. He spoke to more than 75 people of all ages during the annual event where community members are honored for their commitment to preventing substance abuse.

Santoro, a licensed professional counselor and retired U.S. Air Force officer, has served on the Bellevue Drug Commission for the past 4 years. He was appointed to this role by the mayor of Bellevue, Neb. The Bellevue Drug Commission is a non-profit organization that seeks to increase the number of programs on drug education and prevention. Santoro works with other Commission members to provide youth and families educational tools for the prevention of substance abuse and to advocate for a well-developed service delivery system that offers supportive services on education and prevention.

Grace University, located in Omaha, Neb., is a regionally accredited, private Christian university with more than 40 diverse areas of study for undergraduate, graduate and adult degree completion students including education, business, psychology, music, nursing and Christian ministries. The university’s mission is to develop servant leaders for the home, the church and the world through excellence in biblically integrated education.