Worcester Polytechnic Institute Announces New Director of Public Safety/Chief of Police

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WORCESTER, Mass. - August 31, 2005 - Cheryl A. Martunas has been appointed director of public safety and chief of police at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). A strong advocate of community policing, Martunas has 23 years of law enforcement experience, including 19 years in a campus setting. After serving the past eight and a half years as director of public safety and chief of police at Quinsigamond Community College, this new post is something of a homecoming for Martunas, who spent the first 12 years of her career as an officer and sergeant with the WPI Campus Police Department.

Martunas, who begins her new position on Sept. 6, will be responsible for the management and operation of WPI's Campus Police Department, which provides for the safety and security of persons and property on the campus. She will oversee a staff of more than 25 full- and part-time officers, dispatchers and support staff.

"We were very impressed by Cheryl's well-rounded experience, her deep knowledge of the college environment, and her strong leaderships skills," says Janet Begin Richardson, vice president for Student Affairs and Campus Life at WPI. "We are particularly excited about her strong commitment to community policing and the positive aspects this approach has on interactions with WPI's students, staff and faculty. We are very glad to have her back at WPI."

Martunas' extensive law enforcement experience includes 19 years within the campus setting and 14 years in a supervisory capacity. She began her career with the WPI Campus Police Department in 1982 and rose to the position of sergeant in 1990. After briefly serving as director of public safety at Dean College and an officer at Framingham State College, she joined Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) in 1995 as director of public safety and chief of police.

At QCC, Martunas oversaw a nearly three-fold expansion of the department, developed and wrote a comprehensive campus emergency plan for the college, promoted the upgrading of a campus-wide fire alarm system, and co-developed a collaboration and partnership with the Worcester State College Campus Police.

Martunas holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Anna Maria College. She is a member of the Statewide Anti-Terrorism Task Force, the Massachusetts Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, the Greater Boston Police Council, Massachusetts Police Association, and the Fraternal Order of Police.

"I'm very excited and grateful for this opportunity," notes Martunas. "I am looking forward to returning to WPI and working alongside a tremendous group of professionals."

About Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Founded in 1865, WPI is a pioneer in technological higher education. WPI was the first university to understand that students learn best when they have the opportunity to apply the knowledge they gain in the classroom to the solution of important problems. Today its students, working in teams at more than 20 project centers around the globe, put their knowledge and skills to work as they complete professional-level work that can have an immediate positive impact on society.

WPI's innovative, globally focused curriculum has been recognized by leaders in industry, government and academia as the model for the technological education of tomorrow. Students emerge from this program as true technological humanists, well rounded, with the confidence, the interpersonal skills and the commitment to innovation they need to make a real difference in their professional and personal lives.

The university awarded its first advanced degree in 1898. Today, its first-rate research laboratories support master's and Ph.D. programs in more than 30 disciplines in engineering, science and the management of technology. Located in the heart of the region's biotechnology and high-technology sectors, WPI has built research programs - including the largest industry/university alliance in North America - that have won it worldwide recognition.