Bucknell Welcomes New Chief of Public Safety

by Mike Ferlazzo

VETERAN LAW ENFORCEMENT leader Anthony Morgan began work as Bucknell’s new chief of public safety in February. Most recently chief of police at Cal Poly Humboldt in Arcata, Calif., Morgan brings 19 years of law enforcement and community policing experience to the University.

“Chief Morgan has a proven track record of implementing practices that enhance the public’s trust between law enforcement and the community,” says President John Bravman. “He is well-prepared to both maintain safety within our campus community and provide vision and direction for key departmental diversity initiatives moving forward.”

At Bucknell, Morgan will lead a University public safety department of 24 full-time staff composed of commissioned and armed police officers, communications officers, a parking coordinator, an administrative assistant, and supervisors for traffic, safety and medical transportation.

Morgan’s past roles include 14 years in the Kalamazoo (Mich.) Department of Public Safety and leadership of police departments in Mount Rainier, Md., and Covington, Va. — cities that desired community policing. In each agency, Morgan implemented significant reforms and enhanced the trust between law enforcement and the community.

A graduate of North Carolina Central University and the Northwestern School of Police Staff & Command, Morgan has been recognized by the International Association of Chiefs of Police for his work in communities. He also received awards from Mount Rainier after instituting significant police reforms there.

A photograph of Anthony Morgan smiling
Photo: Emily Paine
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Anthony Morgan became Bucknell’s new public safety leader in February.
Morgan’s hiring follows a national search led by a team of senior administrators, faculty and students in collaboration with Spelman Johnson, an executive search firm for education and social impact. Morgan distinguished himself as the top choice to build upon existing relationships within the campus community and to lead community policing practices at Bucknell.

“I consider it an honor to be selected to lead a team of dedicated professionals at Bucknell University,” Morgan says. “Bucknell is a renowned liberal arts university that is educating future leaders. I look forward to building upon the solid foundation of relational policing and meeting with students, faculty and staff.”

Morgan succeeded Steve Barilar, who retired in January after nearly 11 years of service.