Norwich University names Lawrence J. Rooney new chief of security


Nov. 7, 2016

Norwich University has named Lawrence J. Rooney the new chief of security beginning this academic year.

A former police detective, assistant director of public safety at Middlebury College, and, most recently, assistant commandant in the Office of Student Life at Norwich University, Rooney brings 30 years of experience in law enforcement and higher education to this pivotal role.                                                                                                       

Rooney received a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from University of Massachusetts, Boston, and a Master’s degree in criminal justice from Western New England College (now Western New England University). He is also a 1986 graduate of the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Council, Police Academy, located in Plymouth, Mass.

“Chief Rooney has a unique background in law enforcement, campus safety and working in dynamic higher education settings. As is the case with every university, the challenges of providing a safe, friendly campus are many and varied,” Chief Administrative Officer David Magida said. “I have full confidence that Chief Rooney will meet all of these challenges in a professional, calm, helpful and experienced manner.”

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here:    

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