State College police official makes move to Duquesne University

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Thomas M. Hart is moving from Happy Valley to The Bluff, leaving his position as assistant chief of the State College Police Department to become public safety director at Duquesne University.

Mr. Hart, 53, who served on the State College force for 28 years as a patrolman, detective and commander before becoming assistant chief, was chosen after a national search to succeed Jim Caputo, who retired Aug. 1 after nearly 40 years of service.

At Duquesne, Mr. Hart will lead a department of more than 50 police officers and security and support personnel on the nearly 50-acre urban campus.

Mr. Hart is moving from a police leadership position in a relatively small town dwarfed by Penn State University to one in a much smaller university setting but surrounded by a major city.

"They're almost opposite. I'm looking forward to seeing what the differences and challenges are," said Mr. Hart, who officially begins his duties Aug. 16.

"Everything I find out about Duquesne University or Duquesne's Public Safety Department is they are both very, very well-run organizations. Now I have to see how I fit into how they do business."

A graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command in Evanston, Ill., Mr. Hart also graduated from the Police Executive Development Institute at Penn State. He completed two years of graduate courses in the administration of justice at Penn State and earned a B.S. in sociology, with a concentration in criminal justice, from Clarkson University.

"Everything I've heard about Pittsburgh is that it's a great city," he said. "[Everyone] said, 'You're going to love Pittsburgh.'

"I'm really looking forward to it, to getting to know Duquesne University and the community."


Michael A. Fuoco: mfuoco@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1968.


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