Christopher Hayen, a longtime member of the campus community, has been promoted to director of Campus Safety, College officials recently announced.
Hayen had been acting director of the 40-member department since William Sickinger retired in January after 10 years. Hayen was promoted following an extensive national search which attracted more than 200 applicants.
Hayen began his career at Union in 1988 as an officer in the department. Over the years, he has held a number of positions, including traffic manager, access control administrator and assistant director.
"During his time here, Chris has earned the respect of his colleagues, as well as faculty, staff and students, for his professionalism and commitment to providing a safe and secure environment for all of us," said Steve Leavitt, dean of students and vice president for Student Affairs. "He also has been instrumental in strengthening the College's emergency response plan and building solid relationships with members of the local law enforcement community."
Hayen attended Herkimer County Community College and holds a number of professional certifications related to campus safety, including from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.
Hayen and his wife, Linda, have two children: Hillary, 18, and Jarod, 16. The family lives in Duanesburg.