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Four-Year Baccalaureate University Promotes Security Officer With More Than 30 Years Of Service
RALEIGH, N.C. – William Peace University (http://www.peace.edu), a private four-year university located in downtown Raleigh, has announced that Michael John has been promoted to director of public safety, where he will be responsible for monitoring the overall safety of William Peace University and its campus. In his position, John will develop crime prevention and awareness programs, oversee the campus identification and access programs, investigate incidents, work with Residential Life and residential assistants to resolve students grievances, problems, or complaints, ensure staff is trained and equipped to handle its duties, perform regular physical inspections of buildings and grounds to identify hazards and recommend preventative measures, and work with local, state and federal emergency agencies in the event of disasters that may require implementation of the university’s disaster plan. A security officer with William Peace University since 2008, John previously served for 31 years at the Rockefeller University in New York City as a night shift guard, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, operations manager and assistant director of security.
"I came from a university with a similar student population in New York, so William Peace University was exactly what I sought when I joined its security team," said John. "I am honored to be selected to handle security operations on campus, and I pledge to serve to the best of my ability."
"Handling conflicts involving students, staff and faculty at any institution is a challenging and sensitive role to master, and having served in this capacity for more than 31 years, Michael understands the importance of this role for all involved on the campus of William Peace University," said Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., president of William Peace University. "He has the expertise and professional background we wanted and needed in selecting him as our new director of public safety, and I am confident that Michael is the right fit for overseeing the security of both university students and its educational workforce."
John earned a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Lehman College in the Bronx, N.Y.
He is a member of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA).
A native of Trinidad who came to the United States in the late 1970s, John resides in Wake Forest, N.C. with his wife, Martha.
ABOUT WILLIAM PEACE UNIVERSITY:
William Peace University is located in the heart of Raleigh, North Carolina. It was founded in 1857 as Peace Institute, offering education for boys and girls in primary grades and to women from high school to college. Peace, an all women’s college, became a four-year baccalaureate college and graduated its first bachelor’s students in August of 1996. Peace began offering coeducational evening courses through the William Peace School of Professional Studies in 2009. In 2011, Peace College transitioned to William Peace University and will begin admitting male students to its day program in fall 2012. Its mission is to prepare students for careers in the organizations of tomorrow. On average, more than 90 percent of the university’s graduates are placed in jobs or graduate school within one year of graduation. For more information, please visit http://www.peace.edu.
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