Two staff members at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown have been promoted as part of the campus’ ongoing efforts to ensure the safety and security of the Pitt-Johnstown community. The promotions, which are effective February 1, were announced by campus President Jem Spectar.
Sergeant Eric Zangaglia has been named associate chief of campus safety and security. In his new role, Mr. Zangaglia will provide assistance to the Chief of Campus Police in enforcing University rules and regulations, and will play a critical role in establishing an awareness and understanding of personal safety within the student population. He will have joint oversight of the Residential Safety Associate program, will serve as primary liaison between the department and parents, faculty, staff, students, student groups, and law enforcement agencies, and will provide monthly briefings to the Student Government Association. Additionally, he will serve as a member of the campus’ Critical Incident Response Team and will work closely with External Relations to liaison with the media on Campus Police matters. Mr. Zangaglia will also interact with the Senior Officer for Equity and Inclusion to foster a campus environment marked with dignity and safety for all persons, and will conduct officer training sessions on culturally sensitive issues and interpersonal development.
Dr. Spectar described Mr. Zangaglia as an individual who has “distinguished himself as an outstanding law enforcement officer who performs his duties with compassion and dedication. He is highly regarded by students and parents, and interacts very positively with the entire campus community.” Dr. Spectar added, “His extensive law enforcement experience and commitment to our students make him ideally suited for this new role. Mr. Zangaglia is a strong leader with an excellent record of service to Pitt-Johnstown who will contribute most strongly to the further development of our campus safety program.”
An alumnus of Pitt-Johnstown with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, Mr. Zangaglia also earned a bachelor’s degree in criminology and master’s in criminal justice. His career has included law enforcement and security positions with St. Francis University, College Misericordia, Penn State University Wilkes-Barre, Indiana Hospital, and Upper Yoder Township Police Department.
Todd Shaffer has been promoted to assistant director of housing and residential safety. As departmental liaison to Campus Police, Mr. Shaffer will be responsible for the supervision and management of all departmental functions relating to the safety and security of the campus’ residential community. He will serve as the first point of response for behavioral concerns, incidents, and issues raised by students and staff within the residential communities. Mr. Shaffer will also have joint oversight of the newly created Residential Safety Associate program, and will be responsible for the management of residential facilities.
In announcing Mr. Shaffer’s promotion, Dr. Spectar offered, “I am very pleased that Mr. Shaffer has agreed to serve in this important role. His educational background and proven success in working effectively with students will enable him to foster a collaborative, proactive model of respect and behavioral intervention throughout the Pitt-Johnstown community. This will strengthen our high quality and supportive campus experience, and promote student success and active engagement in the real world.”
Mr. Shaffer earned his bachelor of arts in criminology and his master’s in student affairs in higher education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). He is currently working on his Master of Studies in law through the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Prior to coming to Pitt-Johnstown, he served as coordinator of housing operations at West Liberty State College, and was the graduate residence hall director at IUP’s Punxsutawney campus. He was also employed by the IUP Police Department, and St. Moritz Security Services as chief of event security.
Founded in 1927, UPJ is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. A vital knowledge center and a foremost contributor to the area’s educational, social, cultural, and economic development, UPJ offers a first-class educational experience that is purposefully designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.