Goodwin Hires Veteran EHPD Deputy Chief Vibberts to Head Campus Safety
Mere days after he retired from a stellar 33 years of duty with the local Police Department, Richard Vibberts has joined the Goodwin College community in a critical role as Director of Campus Safety and Security.
Vibberts is the first person to hold the new position, created to address the needs of a growing campus. He has already begun working for the College, with his first day on the job in mid-October. Earlier this month, Vibberts retired from the East Hartford Police Department, where he was a deputy chief and had served in many capacities throughout a career spanning more than three decades.
As Director of Campus Safety and Security, Vibberts will lead the Department of Campus Safety, develop and implement projects and procedures, and coordinate emergency response protocols between the College and other agencies, including local and state police.
“Working for Goodwin seemed like a natural way of paying it forward to the community where I have worked for the past 33 years,” Vibberts said.
He began his career as an East Hartford police officer in 1980. Vibberts advanced through the ranks and was named deputy chief in 2002. Among his many duties were commanding and oversight of a 125-member police force, serving as a liaison between the police and town officials, preparing emergency response plans, and writing operational plans for large-scale special events such as UConn football games at Rentschler Field, the Hartford Marathon, and Riverfest.
“We are absolutely committed to providing our students, faculty, and staff with a safe and secure environment,” said Goodwin College President Mark E. Scheinberg. “In Rich Vibberts, we have found a person with significant expertise and experience to provide leadership in this very important role.”
Goodwin’s campus expansion and establishment of its magnet school system present unique challenges to Vibberts. While headquartered on Riverside Drive in East Hartford, Goodwin’s classroom and office space extend throughout Main Street. Two magnet schools – the Connecticut River Academy and the Goodwin College Early Childhood Magnet School – are open on campus, and a third school will be opening the spring of 2014.
Vibberts said he is ready for the challenge and looks forward to continuing to serve a community he has come to love. He plans to employ the best police practices that he learned throughout his career to benefit Goodwin and its neighbors.
“It’s exciting to come to work again,” said Vibberts. “I know there’s plenty of hard work ahead and I am excited to begin.”