James Waldon has been named Director of Public Safety at University of the Sciences. Waldon comes to USciences with a varied background in law enforcement and campus safety that spans 31 years. Most recently, he was Director of Police and Safety at Gannon University (Erie, Pa.) from 2008-11.
Waldon, a native of Newark, N.J., will be responsible for the day-to-day operations and developing the overall strategic initiatives of USciences’ Public Safety Department. He will report directly to the vice president for finance and administration.
At Gannon, he helped to reduce violent crime and burglaries on campus by 18 percent, enhanced campus community oriented policing concepts, and brought in approximately $300,000 dollars in grant money from the U.S. Department of Justice to fight dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. In addition to his time at Gannon, Waldon has university police experience that includes Rutgers University’s Newark and Camden campuses and Montclair State University.
Prior to joining campus safety departments, Waldon worked for 16 years as a county detective for the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office (Newark, N.J.) He has worked on several federal and local special crime task forces, including the U.S. Marshal’s Service New York/New Jersey regional fugitive task force; the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms firearms task force; and the Camden County, N.J., Prosecutor’s Office narcotics task force.
Waldon has an undergraduate degree from Kean University and holds a graduate degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He was one of 10 finalists for Campus Safety magazine’s director of the year award. Waldon is the son of James Guy and Winifred Waldon of Newark, N.J., the brother of Gayle Waldon of Plainsboro, N.J., and the proud father of A’taya Pitts of Pennsauken, N.J., as well as, a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.