Maureen Rush, who has been Chief of Police of the Penn Police Department
for the past five years, will become the new Vice President for Public Safety,
effective immediately, President Judith Rodin and EVP John Fry announced
today. Ms. Rush has been serving in that position in an interim capacity
since last October.
"It is a tribute to Maureen's outstanding leadership and demonstrated
ability that after conducting an exhaustive nationwide search and identifying
many wonderful candidates, we concluded that we had the best possible person
already on board. As you know, we place enormous importance on safety and
security at Penn and we have tremendous confidence in Maureen's ability
to continue to lead the Division forward," said President Rodin.
"Maureen has been a dedicated member of Penn's Division of Public
Safety for the past seven years, and has played a key role in the Division's
continuing growth and evolution into one of the premier campus law enforcement
agencies in the nation. She has an extensive knowledge of urban law enforcement
issues and the interaction between the campus and the community, as well
as a proven commitment to the University. She has also developed excellent
relationships with local law enforcement agencies, most importantly with
the Philadelphia Police Department. We are fortunate to have someone with
Maureen's depth and breadth of experience available to assume this critical
position," said Mr. Fry.
During the past several years, the Division of Public Safety has developed
into a model campus law enforcement agency, continually meeting the challenges
faced by an urban university, and continuing to strengthen its relationships
with the community and with the city. Most recently, the Division was awarded
accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies,
Inc. (CALEA), thereby becoming the first nationally accredited campus police
agency within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Ms. Rush joined the Division of Public Safety in 1994 as Director of
Special Services and was named Chief of Police in 1996. Prior to joining
the University, she had a distinguished career with the Philadelphia Police
Department. Ms. Rush will receive an M.S. from SAS this month and received
a B.S. in organizational management from Eastern College.