In January the University of La Verne welcomed Stanley Skipworth, former police chief for Cal State Long Beach, as the new director of campus safety and transportation.
Skipworth, 52, attended Mt. San Antonio Community College, the University of Virginia and the FBI Academy.
After leaving Cal State Long Beach in 2011, Skipworth had a lot of time on his hands, he said. He was also running his own consulting business.
When the La Verne job presented itself, the Corona resident and father of eight, said he could not pass up the opportunity to work for ULV.
“La Verne is a very cool place, with a nice population and location,” Skipworth said.
Skipworth oversees campus safety as well as student parking and facilities, shuttles and the new zip cars.
For the safety part of the job, he works with directors from schools all around Southern California as well as the La Verne police and fire departments.
“I think La Verne, all in all, is a very safe place,” Skipworth said. “It rests with the police department.”
Skipworth said he is a believer in the “Broken Window Theory,” which means if there is a problem that is not fixed people will think no one cares for it, making the school look bad.
“When something comes up, fix it,” Skipworth said.
Campus safety officer Laura Avalos agrees with Skipworth’s assessments about the University’s overall security.
“I think the school is pretty safe,” Avalos said. “I just think more surveillance and cameras would be nice.”
Not that Skipworth expects the job to without problems to solve.
Many students have been complaining about the lack of parking, Skipworth said.
He added that with new additions coming to the school in the coming years, parking will be more accessible to all students.
He is a proponent of public transportation, the parking lot shuttle, carpooling and the new Zipcar partnership that started this semester. All are ways to lessen the parking congestion.
The Zipcars program will help give students the ability to run small errands without having to lose their parking spot on campus, Snell said.
Skipworth is also a believer in promoting more bicycle use and installing more bike racks.
“We have everything we need as we move forward,” Skipworth said. “We just haven’t caught up yet.”
Campus safety officer Homero Pena also agrees with Skipworth’s ideas.
“I use the shuttle a lot,” Pena said. “They just got to get a little more organized.”
Skipworth thinks that if students use the shuttle or any of the services provided it will save a lot of money on their part and with the Gold Line on its way the possibilities of transportation can accommodate to almost any student.
“Being a university that works together leads to success,” Skipworth said.
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