Angelo Martin, Director of Public Safety
Last year, Angelo Martin stepped up as the new director of Public Safety. Susquehanna Currents recently caught up with Martin and asked him to reflect on his experiences at SU so far.
SC: You signed on as SU's new public safety director last year, following a tumultuous spring in which tensions between the department and students ran high. By the time you assumed the role in October, the divisiveness of the presidential election was at a fever pitch. With 28 years of state police work already behind you, why did you decide to take on such a challenging job?
AM: Susquehanna has been an integral part of my life in Selinsgrove. I have spent many hours on the campus over the years. My children have run on the track, played on the football fields and walked on the grounds countless times. Further, I have come to know many of the faculty and staff, and witness their dedication to the institution and its students. Challenges make it that much more appealing, as I feel compelled to help the university succeed.
SC: As a relative newcomer-you've been on the job about seven months now-what do you see as Susquehanna's biggest public safety challenge?
AM: As with most colleges, there are a great number of open spaces and access to buildings. Such an environment is critical to the mission of higher education. However, these advantages always come with the challenge of providing security from those that may wish to harm others. I believe it is critical to maintain and continue to build on the great relationship with the Selinsgrove Police Department and other law enforcement entities to maximize our shared resources in protecting the community.
SC: What, in your experience as a Pennsylvania state trooper, prepared you to lead the efforts to address these issues?
AM: As you might imagine, I took great pride in being a Pennsylvania state trooper. It has a long history and tradition of striving for excellence and respect for others. Every trooper takes a pledge to uphold the Pennsylvania State Police Call of Honor, which, in part, says our duty is to enforce the law without prejudice and to be of service to anyone in danger or distress. Susquehanna has a similar history and tradition. In a lot of ways, I believe it is a natural fit.
SC: How's the job going so far?
AM: I've had a great deal of assistance in learning this new environment and all of its special requirements. While I know I have a great deal left to learn about this complex position, I do feel good about the many new relationships I've gained across many constituencies of the university, including students. That makes me optimistic about my future success.