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June 23, 2024

Knights in the News | October 2020

CSU Faculty Named Fire Chief

Hezedean Smith is the new fire chief in Charlottesville, Virginia. He previously served the Orlando Fire Department since 1996 and was an EMT in the U.S. Air Force. Smith has degrees, including a doctorate of management, from University of Phoenix and Valencia College. He is a part-time faculty member in the College of Safety and Emergency Services at CSU.

CSU Knight Promoted to Police Chief

Nick Polidori began his new role as police chief for the Southern Pines Police Department in North Carolina. He first began at the department 25 years ago after serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, most recently holding the position of deputy chief for the last seven years. Polidori received his master’s degree in criminal justice administration from CSU.

CSU Graduate Runs for Senate

Senator Kenneth Gittens is an incumbent running for reelection to represent St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. He joined the Virgin Island Police Department in 1990 and retired after more than 20 years. He also worked for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Gittens received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from CSU.

CSU Knight Promoted to Police Sergeant

Andrew Pate has been promoted to sergeant at the Gastonia (N.C.) Police Department. He previously served the department as night and day shift patrol, detective, and on the SWAT team and Honor Guard. He is an Air Force veteran and currently serves in the North Carolina Air National Guard. Pate earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration from CSU.

CSU Student Named Safety Manager

Jason Morrey began his new role as safety manager for Linetec, an architectural coatings and finishes company. He has 24 years of experience in manufacturing and 10 years in safety, health and security. Morrey is currently enrolled in the bachelor’s degree program for occupational safety and health at CSU.

CSU Student Named Director of Finance

Cindy Smith is the newest director of finance for the city of Mesquite, Texas. She has more than 16 years of experience in finance and administration. She is currently pursuing her Master’s of Business Administration/Public Administration from CSU.

CSU Graduate Named Fire Chief

Tim Connell was recently named fire chief in Thomasville, Georgia. He was serving as interim chief since January 1 and started at the department in 2000 as a firefighter. Connell received his bachelor’s degree in fire administration from CSU.

Disclaimer: These testimonials may not reflect the experience of all CSU students.
Multiple factors, including prior experience, geography, and degree field, affect career outcomes.
CSU does not guarantee a job, promotion, salary increase, eligibility for a position, or other career growth.

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