College of St. Joseph has named Bob Godlewski as director of public safety.
Godlewski spent 23 years in the investigative field, beginning in the insurance industry and later doing private investigations. In 2001, he stepped out of the investigative field and was named athletic director at Columbia-Greene Community College where he had been the part-time baseball coach since 1995.
In 2005, he became a public safety officer at Castleton State College, and a year later was named director of public safety at the college.
While at Castleton, Godlewski was instrumental in having cameras placed on campus and in the revision of the Emergency Management Plan. He also served as chairman of the safety committee, and instituted a “summit” at the start of each semester that brought in personnel from the local police, state police, State Liquor Authority, and Sheriff’s Department. In addition, he instituted weekly meetings with the Castleton Police Department liaison to CSC, was a member of the town’s safety committee, and met with neighbors to resolve issues within the community that involved CSC upon request.
Godlewski and his team will provide 24-hour-a-day service, seven days a week on the CSJ campus.
“It will be a positive impact – the personal touch of having public safety on campus 24-7 with myself being a visible presence during the day,” Godlewski said.
Godlewski has worked with many public safety professionals and organizations to improve campus safety across the state.
“Everyone on campus is going to know the people who are working in our department. At Castleton I worked with a lot of great minds in higher education, with other directors of public safety, where we worked for better public safety on all of our college campuses,” Godlewski said.
Godlewski is working with the other director’s currently to re-start the organization of Public Safety Director’s, VCUSA, Vermont College University Security Association. Godlewski is charged with bringing together all college director’s outside of the VSC system.
Godlewski has attended numerous training seminars dealing with Clery Act procedures, Legal Issues with Clery and college campuses, among others.
Dean of Students Robert Lukaskiewicz said Godlewski is a great addition to CSJ.
“I’m am very pleased to be working with Bob Godlewski and his team of public safety officers. Bob’s many years of experience as a college public safety director coupled with his previous work as an investigator will serve the entire CSJ community well. I look forward to Bob’s leadership in helping us to maintain safety for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors. His demonstrated record of public safety success speaks volumes,” Lukaskiewicz said.