Stanley Skipworth, currently the Interim Director of Campus Security, has been hired for the permanent position of Campus Security Director. As announced by Bonnie Clemens, Secretary to the Board of Overseers/Assistant to the CEO of the Claremont University Consortium (CUC), Skipworth will be responsible for “planning, organizing, coordinating, and evaluating the operational and financial functions in the Campus Safety Department and ensuring compliance with all applicable local, state and federal laws, as well as campus policies and procedures.” Skipworth’s appointment becomes effective April 15; Clemens added that in the meantime Skipworth will continue to “work collaboratively with administrators and staff at The Claremont Colleges to provide campus safety services to the seven colleges and to promote safety and good mutual working relations.”
When asked about the decision, Stig Lanesskog, CEO of the CUC, said,“Stan has demonstrated that he can effectively partner with The Claremont Colleges and the local community to deliver and enhance campus safety services. I look forward to continuing to work with him [in] building on the efforts he has initiated over the last several months.”
Earlier last month, students, faculty and staff were given the opportunity to interview and question Skipworth, along with the other candidates, through a series of open-forum style meetings. Attendees later provided feedback, which Bonnie Clemens expressed was taken into account when making the final decision.
Prevailing over two other incredibly qualified finalists, Skipworth boasts an impressive career track. Describing himself as a “Public safety specialist with expertise in campus security, dignitary protection, organizational leadership and environmental design,” Skipworth holds an Associate of Science Degree in Socio-Behavioral Sciences from Mt. San Jacinto College, a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Management from La Salle University and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Executive Development Program at the University of Virginia. Some of his past noteworthy positions including: Director of Campus Safety, Emergency Preparedness and Transportation at the University of La Verne, Chief of Police at California State University, Long Beach and Mayor of the City of Corona, CA.
With regards to his appointment, Skipworth commented, “I am honored to be selected for this role and look forward to working closely with the students, faculty and staff of The Claremont Colleges and local law enforcement to deliver superior campus safety services.”
While Thomas Schalke ‘18, one of the students present at Skipworth’s interview, believes that “there is definitely room for improvement in terms of making the department more accessible, collaborating more closely with students in order to create trust, and finding the balance between securing social events and ruining the party itself,” he is excited about Skipworth’s appointment and has high hopes for the future.
Stan Skipworth could not be reached for comment by The Forum in time for publication.