Dan Songer, director of campus police and safety, has been chosen by the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Staff Association for its 2012 Staff Association Award.
Tonya Ackley, coordinator of community engagement, and Margot Myers, manager of TRiO Student Support Services, nominated Songer.
“Chief Songer goes out of his way to ensure the campus’s safety and well-being,” Myers wrote in her nomination. “He leads, by example, a team that provides protection, safety, and overall well-being to the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford in a respectful, effective and amazing manner.”
Ackley, who until recently worked in the university’s residence life office, wrote, “Dan has an open-door policy with all the students and works really well with the resident advisors. He is firm, but fair, with the students and treats them with dignity and respect even in the most trying of situations.
Songer has served at Pitt-Bradford for 15 years. During that time, he has also been honored by the Northeast Colleges and Universities Security Association for his Outstanding Service as a board member for nine years. He has also served as president of the College and University Police and Security Association of Western Pennsylvania; the Community Relations Board at the Federal Correctional Institution, McKean; and the Seneca Law Enforcement Agency in McKean County.
He has been instrumental in organizing the annual Police Memorial Day sponsored by the Bucktail Lodge #96 and the William Hanley Sr. Lodge #67 and Pitt-Bradford’s annual Law Enforcement Awareness and Familiarization Day.
The annual staff recognition award honors an employee whose performance consistently exceeds the standards and expectations set for his or her position at the university or whose work in the community surpasses the expectations of the organizations they serve.