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April 20, 2004

Smith, Mount Holyoke Agree to Share Public Safety Director on Regular Basis

NORTHAMPTON and SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. -- Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges, which in December began sharing the position of director of public safety on an interim basis, have agreed to make the innovative arrangement a regular one.

The interim arrangement began when Smith hired Paul Ominsky, public safety director at Mount Holyoke since 1992, as the interim director of its Office of Public Safety, taking the place of the retired director, Sharon Rust. Since that time, Ominsky has divided his time between the two campuses.

"Paul has already proven to be a very capable director," said Ruth Constantine, vice-president for finance and administration at Smith. "We are pleased that Mount Holyoke has agreed to continue our sharing arrangement for the long term."

"This is a promising new model of collaboration between Smith and Mount Holyoke, and we're both excited about the possibilities," said Mary Jo Maydew, vice president for finance and administration at Mount Holyoke.

The ongoing sharing of the public safety director's position represents the second recent collaborative hiring effort between the two campuses. In March, Adrianne Andrews, Smith College's ombudsperson for the past two-and-a-half years, was named Mount Holyoke's new ombudsperson, and began sharing her time equally between Northampton and South Hadley.


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