Anthony Traska has been selected to lead the Office of Campus Safety, bringing with him more than 20 years of experience in higher education.
Traska comes to Oberlin from Mercy Health Hospital in Lorain, Ohio, where he was the chief of police and led the daily operation and administration for all Mercy Lorain Health Partners (MLHP) and associated facilities.
Prior to his work with MLHP, Traska was at Cleveland State University for more than two decades. He took on progressively responsible roles throughout his tenure at CSU, ultimately leading a staff of more than 60 employees while serving as chief of the department.
As deputy chief at CSU, Traska served as the primary point of direct administrative contact and liaison with other university departments and individuals and also with external institutions, agencies, community leaders, and constituents. He assisted in the development and implementation of emergency and disaster preparedness plans for the university and coordinated planning with city, county, and state partners. Traska also coordinated major event planning and Homeland Security initiatives.
Traska began his career at CSU as a patrol officer and within several years was promoted to sergeant and given the responsibility for the daily supervision of patrol officers. During his tenure at CSU, he also assisted in budget administration, conducted operational and cost/benefit analyses, and was engaged in grant writing.
Traska earned an associate of applied science degree in criminal justice at Montgomery College and a bachelor of arts in public safety management and a master of public administration at Cleveland State University. Traska has completed a professional development course series with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the advanced leadership training course for law enforcement executives through the Public Safety Leadership Academy in Columbus, Ohio.
Tyrone Wicks Promoted to Assistant Director of Campus Safety
Tyrone Wicks has been named an assistant director of campus safety. He joined the Office of Campus Safety in 2017 as a supervisor.
Wicks previously was a deputy sheriff in Florida and served in a variety of roles, including school resource officer, and as a member of federal and state task forces. He is the current president of the Ohio Chapter of the National Association of Campus Safety Administrators, the nation's largest association of Campus Safety professionals.
Wicks is a native of Oberlin and has deep family ties to Oberlin College.
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