Officials at CSULB have announced the selection of Stan Skipworth as the new chief of University Police at the campus following a national search to fill the position.
With more than 17 years of police experience in higher education and another eight years of municipal police work, Skipworth has been a member of the CSULB University Police Department for eight years, serving as lieutenant, captain and, most recently, as acting chief. Additionally, over the last eight years he has taught courses for the California Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training.
“Cal State Long Beach has an exceptional police department, and we have every confidence that Stan Skipworth will continue to build on its respected reputation,” said Mary Stephens, vice president for administration and finance at CSULB. “He has served the campus and the department well in each of his roles with the CSULB University Police, and we are fortunate to have someone with his experience and leadership skills to serve in this vital role.”
In addition to his time at CSULB, Skipworth was a police sergeant for the Cal State Fullerton Police Department for nine years (1991-2000) and spent 10 years in municipal law enforcement that included a stint with the city of Laguna Beach, where he was named officer of the year in 1986. Additionally, Skipworth is currently serving as a councilmember for the city of Corona, which has a population of 150,000 and covers some 40 square miles.
“To have the opportunity to lead this organization during the next era of this outstanding university is something I am deeply proud of,” said Skipworth, who has a bachelor’s of science degree in criminal justice from La Salle University in Philadelphia and is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy at the University of Virginia.
“Our police department is committed to preserving a learning environment that is safe, secure and prepared,” he added. “I look forward to continuing to build upon the quality of service our department offers the campus community and to further the department’s goal of being among the very best in the public safety and law enforcement field.”
In his role as chief, Skipworth is responsible for the planning, organization, direction and daily management of the University Police Department, which includes the areas of law enforcement, parking enforcement, emergency preparedness, crime prevention and communications and records.