Clarion University has welcomed Joseph Graham as director of public safety. Prior to Clarion, he was chief of public safety at Anna Maria College, Paxton, Mass.
Graham said the job description for the position and some of its objectives initially attracted him to Clarion. After researching the university and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education as a whole, he knew Clarion would fit well with his goals and priorities.
“It’s a very forward-looking operation and very proactive. I’m really impressed with some of the initiatives,” he said. “I wouldn’t want to work for an institution that doesn’t take protection as its number one task.”
Among Graham’s initial goals are to ensure that Clarion University Department of Public Safety is in full compliance with the rules and regulations set forth by the commonwealth and the Department of Education, including the Clery Act, which requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses.
He plans to review procedures for efficiency, and he wants to adopt more of a student affairs-type approach to campus law enforcement.
“It’s not the same as a municipal department. We have an extra mandate of being educational. We have to recognize that as part of our job,” he said.
Graham started his career in higher education in Residential Life at Bridgewater (Mass.) State University. His first job in public safety was at Emerson College in Boston, where he rose to the rank of sergeant. In 2001, he left Emerson College to start his own real estate investment and management company, but he returned to the field in 2007 at Massachusetts Bay College. In 2010 he was hired as the first chief of public safety at Anna Maria College in Paxton, Mass.
Prior to Graham’s arrival, Clarion’s Public Safety was headed by Sgt. Marcy Trombetta, who was acting chief for a year.
“She has a very impressive work strategy and ethic,” Graham said. “I feel that the university owes her a great debt. She kept things running smoothly.”
Outside of work, Graham volunteers in support of animal rights, collects antiques and is involved in a number of fraternal and philanthropic organizations. He enjoys fiction and poetry, home improvement projects, and classical music and fine art.
Graham and his wife, Kim, are relocating from Boston and are looking for “an older home with character” in the Clarion area. They have a cat, Nimbus.
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