Longmeadow, MA— Bay Path is pleased to announce Longmeadow Police Department (LPD) Chief John Stankiewicz has accepted the position of director of public safety at the University. Chief Stankiewicz announced his retirement from the Town of Longmeadow to be effective February 29, 2020 and will begin his new role effectively March 2, 2020.
Chief Stankiewicz has been employed by the LPD for more than 37 years, having served as captain from 2008 to 2015 and chief of police from 2015 to present. Chief Stankiewicz holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Westfield State University, a master's degree 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. Chief Stankiewicz resides with his family in Longmeadow, MA.
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Bay Path University was founded in 1897. With locations in Longmeadow (main), East Longmeadow (Philip H. Ryan Health Science Center), Springfield (MA), Sturbridge (MA), and Concord (MA), Bay Path’s innovative program offerings include traditional undergraduate degrees for women, The American Women's College on-ground and online, the first all-women, all-online accredited bachelor’s degree programs in the country; over 30 graduate programs for women and men, including doctorate degrees; and Strategic Alliances, offering professional development courses for individuals and organizations. Bay Path’s goal is to give students confidence in the fundamentals of their chosen field, the curiosity to question the ordinary, the leadership to show initiative, and the desire to make a difference.