Search Narrows For Campus Safety Director

The Claremont University Consortium (CUC) has narrowed its search for a new Director of Campus Safety to three final candidates: James Miyashiro, Jeff Young and Stan Skipworth. On March 9, 10 and 11, each candidate held an open forum in which students and members of the community could pose questions to the candidates.

The position of Director of Campus Safety has been vacant since February 2014, when Shahram Ariane left to become the head of security for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Dean Manship, CUC's emergency preparedness planning manager, became the interim director following Ariane’s departure. Skipworth has served as interim director since Nov. 1, 2014.

Bonnie Clemens, secretary to the board of overseers and assistant to the Chief Executive Officer of CUC, said student feedback from the forums would be taken into account.

“Campus Safety is one of the critical student services that Claremont University Consortium provides for the Claremont Colleges, and we value feedback from students who are able to attend the forums,” Clemens wrote in an email to TSL.

The committee to select the new director is comprised of 11 members who represent most of the seven colleges in the CUC.

Thomas Schalke CM ’18, who attended the open forum, expressed concern about the relationship between Campus Safety and Claremont students.

“My biggest concern is that they respect the student body and that they act in a manner towards the students that does not demean them, but that still manages to get the job done,” Schalke said. “They’re not here to enforce order; they’re here to protect us, to keep us safe. It’s a much more relaxed job than I think is happening."

The candidates for the Director of Campus Safety job come from different universities in the Southwest. James Miyashiro is Chief of Police at the University of New Mexico and Jeff Young is Assistant Chief of Police at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Skipworth is currently the interim director of Campus Safety for CUC. In his last job, he was Senior Director of Campus Safety and Transportation at the University of La Verne.