Marquette names new public safety director

Marquette University has appointed Senior Lieutenant Paul Mascari director and chief of the Department of Public Safety.


Mascari is a 10-year veteran of Marquette’s DPS as well as a reserve member of the United States Coast Guard and most recently served as DPS’ interim associate director, a position that he has held since last September.

“Paul…has shown an unwavering commitment to the safety and well-being of our entire campus community,” said Tom Ganey, vice president of planning at Marquette. “He embodies the character, professionalism and Catholic, Jesuit values necessary to succeed in this very important position at Marquette, and we look forward to his leadership.”

As part of DPS, Mascari helped secure the passage of 2013 Wisconsin Act 265, which gives Marquette the ability to operate a university police department in cooperation with local law enforcement. Looking ahead, he will be a critical part of the due diligence needed to get such a force up and running.

As interim associate director of public safety, he also oversaw the operational, training, administrative and auxiliary duties of close to 90 uniformed public safety personnel, four civilian employees and 100 students employees.

Additionally, he led all recruitment and hiring processes, managed annual in-service training for patrol officers, and served as the primary liaison to both law enforcement agencies and university departments.

Mascari, who holds a master’s degree in public service from Marquette, was among 85 applicants for the director position. The search process, headed by Ganey, was facilitated by a search committee comprised of Marquette’s campus community, including students, faculty and staff.

Ganey said President-elect Michael Lovell and Interim Provost Margaret Callahan also contributed significantly to the search for a new DPS leader.

Mascari’s appointment is effective July 1. He will succeed interim director Captain Russ Shaw.

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