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Kipnes Named Director of Campus Safety at Washington and Lee

Ethan Kipnes, associate director of campus safety at Keene State College in New Hampshire, has been named director of public safety at Washington and Lee University.

Sidney Evans, vice president for student affairs and dean of students, announced Kipnes’ appointment. He will assume his new duties on Aug. 19.

Kipnes succeeds Michael Young, who retired from the position that he had held since 1991.

“We’re pleased to have Ethan join the University in this capacity,” said Evans. “He was selected as the result of a national search and brings a wealth of experience, having worked on two different campuses over the past seven years.”

A graduate of Northeastern University’s College of Criminal Justice, Kipnes was director of campus safety at Southern Vermont College in Bennington, Vt., for five years, from 2006 to 2011. He directed the department responsible for safety, security and transportation services for the 375-acre campus. Among other duties at SVC, he was charged with developing and implementing departmental policies and procedures, rules and regulations, as well as college-wide policies such as the institution’s Emergency Action Plan.

He was named associate director of campus safety at Keene State in 2011. He had responsibility for day-to-day management and supervision of campus safety operations, including uniformed officers, dispatch functions, transportation services and parking operations for the campus of more than 5,500 students and 700 faculty and staff. He directly supervised the staff of 30-plus officers along with transportation and student employees and led emergency planning and management in conjunction with the college’s health and safety manager.

Since 2002, he has served part-time as a dispatcher for the Town of Wilmington, Vt., and is certified as a part-time police officer in the State of Vermont.

The director of public safety at Washington and Lee is a member of the Student Affairs division and provides vision, leadership and direction to the Department of Public Safety.

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