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Bay Path Welcomes New Director of Public Safety

Former Longmeadow Police Department (LPD) Chief John Stankiewicz is the new director of public safety at Bay Path University. Chief Stankiewicz worked for the LPD for more than 37 years, having served as captain from 2008 to 2015 and chief of police from 2015 to March 2020. Chief Stankiewicz holds a bachelor’s in criminal justice from Westfield State University, a master’s in criminal justice with distinction from American International College, and numerous certifications from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

“We are thrilled Chief Stankiewicz will be joining the Bay Path community as director of public safety and look forward to his arrival on campus,” said Michael Giampietro, vice president for finance and administrative services. “His extensive experience in the field of public safety, his connection to and understanding of Bay Path through his work in town, and his previous experience as an adjunct faculty member in our criminal justice program make him the ideal candidate for this role,” said Giampietro.

The chief will lead a staff of 13 full-time and part-time officers and oversee the safety and security of five Bay Path University locations, including Longmeadow, East Longmeadow, Springfield, Sturbridge, and Concord.

Faculty Authors

Dr. Joshua Weiss, director of the MS in Leadership and Negotiation at Bay Path University and co-founder of the Global Negotiation Initiative at Harvard University, has written The Book of Real World Negotiations, described as the first comprehensive collection of real world negotiations in business, government, and everyday life. It will be published by John Wiley & Sons on August 28, 2020, and is available for preorder wherever books are sold.

Please visit the MS in Leadership and Negotiation program page to learn about the curriculum, faculty, program options, and more!


Professor Janice Berliner, director of the MS in Genetic Counseling, has drawn upon her years of experience as a genetic counselor to pen the new book, Brooke’s Promise. A recent review described it as “…a multigenerational saga of devastating secrets.” It is available on Amazon and with other major booksellers.

Please visit the MS in Genetic Counseling program page to learn about the curriculum, faculty, program options, and more!


Thinking Great Thoughts

The President’s Award for Excellence in Innovative Thinking is presented annually to a Bay Path University faculty or staff member, team, or department. The 2019 recipient was Kevin Barlowski, director of theatre and performance studies, seen here with President Leary at the annual holiday party. The award recognizes excellence in innovative thinking among our faculty and staff members and encourages a culture of creativity, transformation, innovation, and continuous process improvement while supporting the University’s mission.

Three New Members Elected to the Bay Path University Board of Trustees

Three new members have been elected to the Bay Path University Board of Trustees. From left: Pia Sareen Kumar, co-owner and chief strategy officer of Universal Plastics Group; Jeanette Weldon, managing director of Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority; and Rodger K. Metzger, CFA, president, and chief investment officer of Hooker & Holcombe, will each serve a three-year term. Visit for additional background on each of our trustees.


40 years and Counting!

After 49 years working at Bay Path, Paul Stanton, below, right, director of facilities, announced his retirement in spring 2020. The buildings, grounds, infrastructure, equipment, and systems that keep the University functioning have all fallen under Paul’s leadership. On his next to last day, Paul was treated to a drive-by parade that included family, friends, and co-workers. We extend our thanks for his dedication and best wishes for the days ahead!

Saluting Our Retirees

Every year at Bay Path’s Holiday Party held in December, we honor our retirees, not only for their years of service to the University and its students, but as our friends and colleagues. As valued members of our University community, we applaud your achievements and wish you joy and exciting adventures in your next passage in life’s journey. Carpe Diem! Pictured below, from left: Karen Carlson, Director, Eastern Massachusetts Campus; Ann Dobmeyer, JD, Dean, Division of Research and Academic Resources; Professor John Woodruff, Legal Studies Department; Angelika Melien, Leadership Giving Officer; and Robert Hoffman, Distinguished Professor of Health Sciences, Physician Assistant Program.