Dear Colleagues,

One year ago, Adelphi’s Division of Human Resources, Safety and Administration was established to integrate and strengthen the resources that support our University’s responsive, respectful, and safe working and learning environment.

As we continue working to enhance the Adelphi experience, I am pleased to announce our University’s new executive director for Public Safety and Security, James Francis Jr.

James will join the Adelphi community on January 22. He comes to Adelphi from Baruch College at The City University of New York (CUNY) and has served in university law enforcement operations at CUNY for more than 15 years. His extensive experience with cross-functional team collaboration and community policing in an academic community as diverse as CUNY allowed James to stand out in a national search that yielded about 140 applicants.

Prior to serving three years as Deputy Director of Public Safety at Baruch, James spent two years overseeing the training of all CUNY peace officers, campus security assistants and other contracted law enforcement agencies. His previous experience also includes four years as a sergeant at CUNY’s Bronx Community College and three years as a sergeant at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. James earned his bachelor’s degree in criminology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, he studied criminal justice at Hostos Community College and is on track to receive his master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology this summer.

At Adelphi, James will lead the security, safety, transportation and parking operations for our Garden City, New York City, Hauppauge and Hudson Valley campus locations. He will oversee our collaborative efforts with law enforcement agencies, implement emergency management, ensure Adelph’s compliance with state and local laws and regulations, and partner with leadership on strategic planning in alignment with the Momentum 2 plan.

In his role overseeing critical components of safety, security, transportation, parking, officer training, emergency preparedness and locksmith operations, James will continue to be supported by essential team members, including Stephan Berger, captain of operations, emergency management, fire life safety and training, John Johrden, associate director of transportation and administration, Desiree Mitchell, project manager and Valerie Lombardo, office manager, as well as our entire team of public safety officers.

I thank our search committee whose diligence and commitment were instrumental in the success of this very important search. As we begin a new semester at Adelphi, I look forward to supporting continued positive change for our community and your success and well-being.


John Siderakis
Chief Administrative Officer
Adelphi University

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