Mount Holyoke College and Smith College Public Safety Director Elected to Board of International Organization

Tuesday, June 21, 2005 - 12:00pm

For immediate release:
June 21, 2005

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Paul Ominsky
Paul Ominsky, Director of Public Safety at both Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA, and Smith College in Northampton, MA., has been elected to the board of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) headquartered in Hartford, CT. He will assume the three-year appointment as North Atlantic Regional Director on June 29, at the organization's national conference in Kansas City, MO. His responsibilities will include committee assignments, representing the region nationally, and running the annual regional meeting. "I ran for office because I wanted to give back to the profession," he stated. He is particularly interested in working on education issues and professional standardization for public safety administrators throughout the country and the world.

IACLEA was formed in 1958 by 11 college and university security directors to discuss job challenges and to develop education programs and standards for public safety directors across the country. Today membership has grown to more than 1000 college and university members in 20 countries, and it functions as a clearinghouse for information and issues shared by campus public safety directors around the world. Chief Staff Officer for IACLEA, Peter J. Berry said, "We are excited that Paul has been elected and we are looking forward to working with him."

Ominsky has been Director of Public Safety at Mount Holyoke College since 1992, and at Smith since December 2003, an arrangement that began as a trial and was made permanent in May 2004. A Holyoke native, he began working in campus security at the University of Massachusetts in 1974. In his more than 30-year career in campus public safety, the greatest changes he has seen are in the uses of technology in public safety administration, and regulatory changes like the Clery Act, which requires colleges and universities to disclose annual information about campus crime and security policies. According to Ominsky, the Internet has been extremely beneficial, and both Mount Holyoke College and Smith have excellent public safety information on their websites to educate students, and ease the concerns of their parents.

"I measure our success by the absence of problems," he stated. "Both schools have outstanding safety records, and I am fortunate to work for two college communities that are tremendously supportive, and to have two dedicated and competent staffs that deserve much of the credit for our success."