After almost 50 years in campus public safety, James Pollard has called it a career.
“I’m going to miss Babson and the terrific people I’ve had the privilege of working with for over 10 years,” the outgoing Babson College police chief said at his send-off/retirement ceremony at Babson Commons at Horn Library. The ceremony was attended by officers, staff, and members of his family, who sported T-shirts with screen-printed photos of Pollard through the years.
“That’s made my job here enjoyable.”
Pollard, whose role was assumed by new Police Chief Erin Carcia, joined Babson in April 2011 after 33 years with Northeastern University’s Public Safety Division. He also previously served as president of the Massachusetts Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators and recently completed his fourth year on the board of directors for the International Association for Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.
Thankful for His Service
In her remarks, Carcia, who also worked with Pollard at Northeastern, thanked him for the leadership, collaboration, and friendship he brought to the institution.
“We all feel blessed to be part of your time at Babson, in creating a true model campus public safety department, and showing us what it takes to invest in people and community by transforming our organization into what it is today,” she said.
Vice President and Dean of Campus Life Lawrence P. Ward recalled his interview process at Babson prior to his arrival at the College in 2014. Pollard had served on the search committee for the position, and through their discussions, Ward immediately recognized Pollard’s passion for his career and sense of responsibility for the campus community.
“That’s how seriously Chief has taken your safety and your well-being,” Ward said. “There is a humanistic approach to his care and concern for every member of this community.”
* An additional retirement party will be held for James Pollard on August 11. Contact Erin Carcia for more information.