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Dear CUPSA Members,

I am very honored and privileged to be able to serve as NJ CUPSA (College and University Public Safety Association) President for 2017-18. I know I have big shoes to fill, as outgoing President Mike Kantner did an outstanding job, as did all of the other Presidents that preceded him. I recognize the importance of this organization and the responsibilities that go along with this position, and thank the membership for putting their trust in me. I assure you I will work very hard to continue the fine legacy passed down by previous leaders in this organization. I am also very fortunate to have an excellent Executive Board in Tim, Vinny, and Paul this year to help move us forward.

On a personal note, NJ CUPSA is the finest professional organization I have ever been a part of. The level of excellence and years of experience seated at our monthly meetings is astounding. This organization is vital to the success of Campus Law Enforcement and Public Safety and gives us a strong and united voice, which is recognized both in the state and internationally through our growing partnership with IACLEA. As President, I will continue to solidify and grow this relationship for the good of both organizations.

Although I am always impressed with the attendance at our monthly meetings, I have noted we are missing some great colleges and universities from our state. To attain the goal of increasing our membership and working towards 100% of New Jersey State College and Universities participating, we will reach out to all of these institutions over the summer to encourage them join and attend our monthly meetings, and enjoy all of the advantages our organization provides.

I encourage all members, especially those new to the field of higher education, to attend our monthly meetings and the annual NJCUPSA/ IACLEA regional conference held in April. The information received from fellow colleagues on emerging trends, legislative changes affecting higher education, training opportunities, and professional development is the foundation for our culture of excellence. Again I would like to thank you all for the honor and privilege to serve as your President. I encourage open dialogue and welcome suggestions and ideas to improve this already great organization. I will be working with the Executive Board to put together the meeting schedule for this year. We will work to put together a balanced schedule, so that all areas of the state are represented to make it more convenient for all members to attend our monthly meetings.

As you are aware, our meetings are scheduled the third Wednesday of each month commencing in September. As such, our first meeting will be Wednesday, September 20th, location to be determined. Hope to see you there!

Enjoy your summer break,

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