|Queens College Appoints the First Woman Ever to Serve as Campus Security Director at a Senior CUNY College|
-- Dr. Beth LaManna is a Former New York-Based Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent, With Post-Graduate Degrees i
n Educational and Clinical, and School Psychology --
Queens, New York, October 12, 2018—Queens College President Felix V. Matos Rodríguez and Vice President for Finance and Administration William Keller have announced Dr. Beth A. LaManna as the new campus security director at the college, effective October 1, 2018.LaManna, the first woman ever to serve as campus security director at a senior college of the City University of New York, joins Queens College after 22 years of meritorious service as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.“We are delighted and proud to welcome Dr. LaManna to Queens College,” says 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.”LaManna attended Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, where she earned a master’s degree in School and Community Psychology and a doctorate in Educational and Clinical Psychology. For almost 10 years she provided clinical counseling and school psychological services in the Detroit public schools, in addition to maintaining a private clinical practice in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. As an adjunct professor at Wayne State University, LaManna taught graduate psychology courses. She earned her Bachelor of Science from Cornell University.
“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,” says LaManna, a Plainview, New York, resident.Throughout her career with the FBI, LaManna was assigned to the Criminal Division in the New York Field Office and conducted investigations involving organized crime and racketeering, complex financial fraud, money laundering, the 9/11 attacks, and civil rights violations.
LaManna held the position of crisis negotiation coordinator for the New York Office FBI’s crisis negotiation program, in which she participated for over 11 years. Additionally, as coordinator for the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime, she served as the liaison between local and state law enforcement agencies requesting assistance from the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit in Quantico, Virginia. She coordinated and orchestrated training focused on active school shooters, threat assessment mitigation and management, and violence in the workplace. In this capacity, LaManna had extensive opportunities to train and liaise with local, state, and federal law enforcement authorities, in particular the New York City Police Department.
About Queens College
Queens College enjoys a national reputation for its liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs. With its graduate and undergraduate degrees, honors programs, and research and internship opportunities, Queens College helps its over 19,000 students realize their potential in countless ways, under the guidance of an accessible, award-winning faculty. The college was recently ranked tenth among U.S. public colleges by the Chronicle of Higher Education for upward social and economic mobility. The Center for World University Rankings placed Queens College in the top 3.5% of schools worldwide, based on the quality of its education and faculty, the number of its alumni who find employment, and other factors. Located on a beautiful, 80-acre campus in Flushing, the college is cited each year by the Princeton Review as one of the nation’s 100 “Best Value” colleges, and is routinely ranked a U.S. News & World Report Best College and Forbes Magazine Best Value College, thanks to its outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages, and relatively low costs. Visit qc.cuny.edu to learn more.
A leader in preparing future educators, Queens College graduates the most teachers, counselors, and principals in the New York metropolitan area. It also contributes to New York City’s talent pool as a powerful economic engine and a leader in tech education, with more undergraduate computer science majors than any city college. Students from across the country and around the world come to Queens College’s Aaron Copland School of Music. Its renowned faculty and alumni include nationally recognized composers, conductors, and performers who have received nearly 40 Grammy Awards and nominations over the past forty years.