Maureen S. Rush, M.S., CPP Headshot

Maureen S. Rush, M.S., CPP

Vice President for Public Safety, Superintendent of Police

Maureen S. Rush, Vice President for Public Safety, University of Pennsylvania, directs the tactical and strategic direction of the Division of Public Safety, managing a budget of over $21 million dollars and encompassing seven departments totaling 175 staff members. The departments include: The Office of the Vice President, the University of Pennsylvania Police Department, Security & Technical Services, Fire & Emergency Services, Special Services, the PennComm Operations Center and Finance & Administration. The Division of Public Safety also employs approximately 450 contract security officers to secure buildings, student residences and supplement the Penn Police Department on street patrol within the Penn Police patrol jurisdiction.

Prior to holding the position of Vice President for Public Safety, Ms. Rush served as the Chief of the Penn Police Department from 1996 through 2000, and the Director of Victim Support & Special Services from 1994 through 1996, both within the Division of Public Safety.

During her tenure as Chief of Police, Penn’s Police Department evolved into a model campus law enforcement agency, continually meeting the challenges faced by an urban university, while at the same time strengthening its relationships with the community and with the City of Philadelphia. With 116 police officers, the Penn Police Department is the largest private police department in the state of Pennsylvania and the fourth largest private police department nationally. In March 2001, the Penn Police Department was awarded national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), thereby, becoming the first nationally accredited campus police agency within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Prior to coming to the University of Pennsylvania, Ms. Rush had a distinguished eighteen-year law enforcement career with the Philadelphia Police Department from 1976 through 1994. Ms. Rush served in various positions, namely: the Patrol Division, the Anti-Crime Unit, the Traffic Division, the Narcotics Unit, and the Training Bureau. In 1976, Ms. Rush was one of the first 100 women police officers hired to serve the City of Philadelphia on “street patrol” in a pilot program directed by the United States Department of Justice. Women now comprise twenty-five percent of the Philadelphia Police Department, with approximately 1,650 officers, as a result of that successful pilot program.

Ms. Rush has extensive knowledge of urban law enforcement and the interaction between a college campus and the community. The Division of Public Safety has become a national model for its successful Private/Public venture. Ms. Rush serves on numerous committees and task forces within the city and state, which address these key interests. In 1999, she served as a member of Mayor John Street’s Public Safety Transition Team, and continues to work closely with numerous City of Philadelphia agencies, most importantly the Philadelphia Police & Fire Departments. In 2002, Ms. Rush served on Governor Rendell” Pennsylvania Homeland Security Transition Team. Ms. Rush currently serves on the following Boards: United States Attorney Anti-Terrorism Advisory Board; Philadelphia Police Foundation Board; Pennsylvania Citizen’s Crime Commission Board; Philadelphia Police Athletic League Board; Community College of Philadelphia’s Justice Curriculum Advisory Board; and the Philadelphia Community Court Advisory Board. Additionally, Ms. Rush serves on numerous committees within the University of Pennsylvania, such as the President’s Senior Planning Group and the University Council’s Affirmative Action Committee.

She received numerous commendations from the Philadelphia Police Department and has received awards from the Chapel of the Four Chaplains, the Bryn Mawr Women’s Business Association and the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Under Ms. Rush’s leadership, the University of Pennsylvania’s Division of Public Safety was recognized as the number one institution in the Higher Education vertical market and the number six public safety organization amongst the top 500 security organizations, as ranked by Security Magazine’s 2007 Security 500 Survey.

Ms. Rush is a 2006 – 2007 Fellow with the University of Pennsylvania’s Fox Leadership Program within the School of Arts and Sciences. She is also a College House Associate with Penn’s Stouffer College House.

Ms. Rush has served as the Co-Chair for the 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and the 2007 University of Pennsylvania’s Workplace Giving Penn’s Way Campaign.

Ms. Rush holds a M.S. degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Organizational Dynamics. She has also completed the John F. Kennedy School of Government, the Northwestern School of Staff & Command and the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Program. In 2004, Ms. Rush completed a year-long program with Philadelphia Leadership, Inc. a regional leadership think tank and during the same year, earned a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) certification from the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) International Professional Certification Board.