Queens College in Flushing hires first woman to serve as Campus Security Director

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Former FBI Special Agent Dr. Beth LaManna will be the first woman ever to serve as the head of security at a senior college in CUNY, according to a spokeswoman at Queens College.

Queens College Felix V. Matos Rodríguez made the announcement about LaManna on Oct. 12 and her tenure at the school started earlier this month on Oct.1, according to the spokeswoman.

“We are delighted and proud to welcome Dr. LaManna to Queens College,” said Matos Rodríguez. “Her combined background in law enforcement and educational, clinical and community psychology is uniquely suited to the role of security director in a senior college environment.”

As security director, she will be responsible for over 19,000 students on the 80-acre Queens College campus, which is located at 65-30 Kissena Blvd. in Flushing.

Before her tenure at the FBI, LaManna earned Bachelor of Science at Cornell University in 1984, and later earned her master’s degree in School and Community Psychology and her doctorate in Educational and Clinical Psychology at Wayne State University in Michigan in 1986 and 1993, according to the spokeswoman.

She was a school psychologist in Detroit schools from 1986 to 1996, according to Queens College. Her tenure in the FBI started in 1996 and she served through 2018.

LaManna’s career in the FBI consisted of working in the Criminal Division in the New York Field Office and conducting investigations into organized crime, racketeering, complex financial fraud cases, money laundering, the 9/11 attacks and civil rights violations, according to the college spokeswoman.

The former FBI agent was also a crisis negotiation coordinator for the state’s FBI crisis negotiation program for 11 years and also served as a coordinator of the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime, according to the spokeswoman.

At the National Center LaManna was a liaison between local and state law enforcement agencies that requested assistance from the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit in Quantico, Virginia, according to the spokeswoman.

In her role as a liaison between the different agencies she coordinated or orchestrated training focused school shooters, threat assessment mitigation and management, and violence in the workplace.

The former special agent is delighted about her new role.

“I am both excited and honored to be a part of the Queens College community. I look forward to the opportunity to interact and work with the faculty, staff, students and guests, and to ensure that Queens College remains a safe and secure environment for all,” said LaManna, a Long Island resident.

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