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President to Honor Montgomery With Medal of Distinction

Bill Montgomery

William Montgomery, director of public safety and IUP police, will receive the 2010 President’s Medal of Distinction from President Tony Atwater at the 2010 Leader’s Circle event on March 18.

Montgomery will be recognized for dedication and support.

The President’s Medal of Distinction is the highest nondegree award presented by IUP. It was established in 1985 to honor citizens of the state and region whose contributions in the areas of professional achievement or public service are of national significance or whose contribution is of special significance to the university.

“This high honor is reserved for individuals who have served the university with extraordinary success and commitment,” Atwater said. “These characteristics well describe IUP’s chief safety officer, Bill Montgomery. He has tirelessly and creatively worked to make and keep IUP a safe place for all members of the university community. Consequently, he is worthy of this distinguished honor and recognition.”

Montgomery began work at IUP in 1988, serving as operations manager of the S.W. Jack Cogeneration Plant. He assumed his current role in 1990.

“I am truly honored to be selected for this prestigious award,” Montgomery said. “However, all of the achievements of the public safety and IUP police program are a result of a team effort. Our successes could not be possible without the sincere commitment of so many employees, especially university leadership, to safety and security as our number one priority.”

During Montgomery’s tenure, a new safety plan was put into effect on campus with significant results: lost-time accidents dropped from sixty-six in 1994 to six in 2008. The campus crime rate, measured against statistics over the past nineteen years, is at an all-time low. The crime rate for 2009 is at .0226.

Under his leadership, the Office of Public Safety has received grants totaling more than $275,000, including a Community Oriented Police Grant from the United States Department of Justice.

Montgomery implemented the arming of university police officers, which took place in 2006 following significant universitywide consultation and planning.

During his tenure, the university has instituted a new campus fire alarm system with back-up programming that immediately links alarms to the university police dispatch center. He has also worked collaboratively with university officials to complete plans for an outdoor emergency public address system, part of the university’s emergency alert system.

The university also installed campuswide emergency blue light telephones on campus grounds as part of the safety program. In 1990, there were fifteen phones on campus, all attached to buildings. Today, there are seventy-eight free-standing phones throughout campus, including along the bike trail to Robertshaw.

Montgomery serves as the manager of the university’s point of dispensing site for emergency medical situations, including the distribution of vaccines for IUP and Indiana county citizens. In 2009, IUP’s POD was the site of successful administration of the H1N1 vaccine to IUP students and employees.

Montgomery also instituted a new customer service-oriented parking system, moving away from a manual enforcement system to a computerized automated system and the creation of a Parking Visitor Center. A total of 490 mechanical parking meters have been eliminated from campus and replaced with more user-friendly machines that accept all types of coins, paper currency, and major credit cards.

With the Residential Revival project, Montgomery worked to establish new parking patterns and transportation plans to serve visitors, students, and employees. Parking lots and bus transportation are both being better utilized under his new plan.

Outreach and an emphasis on community policing continues to be a priority under Montgomery’s leadership.

In 1994, he began the first bicycle patrol in Indiana County with four officers; the program continues today with great success and includes six bicycle patrol officers. He also introduced the Crime Prevention Office and Residence Hall policing program.

Montgomery has been part of many IUP committees and task forces and is a member of a number of professional organizations. He also collaborates with many regional law enforcement and safety agencies.

He has been instrumental in the development of several university plans to ensure safety and security for the community, including the Pandemic Response Plan, Emergency Operations Plan, Hazard Mitigation Plan, and Accident and Illness Prevention Program. He also worked with committees to develop several campuswide policies, including the IUP Firearms Policy and the Surveillance Camera Policy.

A native of Baltimore, Montgomery came to Indiana in 1976. Prior to his work at IUP, he was employed as the plant manager for McCreary Tire and Rubber Company.

He is a member of Grace United Methodist Church and formerly coached Little League, Junior Legion baseball, and youth hockey. He and his wife, Irene, are the parents of two sons, John and Ryan, both graduates of IUP.