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Spedden named director of campus safety

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

FREDERICK, Md.—A retired Maryland park service law enforcement manager and administrator with nearly 23 years of experience was recently named the new director of campus safety and security at Hood College.

Daniel P. Spedden will lead a 21-member team of full-time and on-call security officers and 14 full-time and on-call communication center employees. He is responsible for the security of the college’s nearly 2,400 undergraduate and graduate students, the more than 400 faculty and staff, and the facilities on Hood’s 50-campus.

Spedden most recently served as a Maryland park ranger captain. He oversaw the administration, operation and protection of the16,000-acre South Mountain recreation area—a cluster of four state parks, a state battlefield, a railroad corridor and the Maryland section of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail—that sees more than 700,000 visitors annually.

Spedden holds licenses and certifications in law enforcement from the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division. He is a commissioned Maryland police officer and a certified first responder, CPR and automated external defibrillator provider.

He succeeds Rick Puller, who after 12 years of service to Hood, accepted a similar position at Goucher College in July.