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Chief Wendy Rich-Goldschmidt to retire end of July; search for new CSUPD chief launched

May 16, 2013

After nearly 30 years, Chief Wendy Rich-Goldschmidt will hang up her police uniform on July 31.

Chief Wendy Rich-GoldschmidtThe CSU Police Department chief will retire this year, looking forward to a new chapter in her life. Rich-Goldschmidt came to Colorado State University about four years ago, in the summer of 2009, the final candidate in a national search for a new chief.

"Although I am starting a new chapter in my life, I will continue to have a passion for policing, especially on a college campus," said Rich-Goldschmidt. "I feel especially good about the team of leaders at CSUPD that will be taking the reins when I retire. The department has come to a point where it has an excellent foundation to succeed and grow, and is absolutely committed to providing a safe and healthy campus environment to the students who learn here and the employees who work here. My decision to leave was a difficult one, but my reasons are simple: I'm at a time in my life where my family and I have an opportunity to downshift responsibilities and enjoy our next chapter together."

Passion for campus policing

Rich-Goldschmidt has served as the chief of police at the University of Northern Colorado before coming to CSU, starting in October 2003, overseeing all police operations and parking services. She began as a patrol officer at UNC in 1987 and served as a senior training officer after 1991. Before beginning her career at UNC, she was a corrections and security guard in several locations. Rich-Goldschmidt also is an active member in the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police as well as the Colorado Association of Institutional Law Enforcement Directors. She is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

"Chief Rich-Goldschmidt has provided strong leadership within the CSUPD, across campus and within our community as a university representative," said Amy Parsons, vice president of University Operations. "We are proud of her accomplishments, and we are thankful for her service to the university."

Rich-Goldschmidt will continue to be connected to CSU as an instructor in the sociology department, where she teaches a law enforcement class. Rich-Goldschmidt says she particularly enjoys the opportunity that the class provides to her to interact with students in a classroom.

Chief's career highly accomplished

Rich-Goldschmidt has been recognized with numerous awards, including a Medal of Honor for her response to a hostage situation. She also has designed a model health and safety program for new student orientations at universities.

Rich-Goldschmidt holds a bachelor's degree in sociology with an emphasis in criminal justice and a minor in communications and health education, and a master's degree in educational technology, both from the University of Northern Colorado. She is a graduate of the Aims Community College Police Academy and the Daniels College of Business Public Safety Leadership Institute.

While at CSU, Rich-Goldschmidt lead the department through the state accreditation process, overseen by the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police, and is particularly proud of establishing strong connections and partnerships with other law enforcement agencies and partners within the community.

Search process of new chief

The Division of University Operations, which oversees CSUPD, has launched an internal search for the new CSUPD chief. Two final candidates have been named and open forums with the university have been scheduled for the week of May 20.

More information about the candidates and forums.

Contact: Dell Rae Moellenberg
Phone: (970) 491-6009