Lourdes Names New Director of Public Safety
Benjamin Tucker brings 30 years experience to position

Lourdes University President Mary Ann Gawelek is pleased to announce the appointment of Benjamin Tucker as Lourdes University’s new Director of Public Safety and Service. A Lourdes alumnus, Tucker earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice in 2003, graduating magna cum laude. A retired Deputy Chief of the Toledo Police Department, he retired in 2016 after three decades of service. He led TPD efforts in community policing which he states is a core value, and lines up well with our Mission. Tucker also led the department’s records division which has strong ties to Lourdes University’s efforts of ensuring compliance with federal statutes regarding safety.

Throughout his career, Tucker has instituted programs that improved effectiveness and efficiency. For the past five years, he worked in the Public Safety Department for the Toledo Lucas County Public Library and most recently served as Safety and Security Supervisor for the Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority.


An accomplished pianist, he is also adept at computer repair and is an amateur radio enthusiast. Mr. Tucker began serving in his position at Lourdes on 03/23/202


Lourdes University

Rooted in the Catholic and Franciscan tradition, Lourdes University is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis, and offers baccalaureate degrees in a variety of academic majors as well as graduate degrees in business, education, nursing, organizational leadership, social work, and theology. Community outreach programs include the Appold Planetarium and Lifelong Learning. A member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, Lourdes students can also compete in a variety of men’s and women’s sports. Named a “Best in the Midwest” college by the Princeton Review, Lourdes University is a nationally accredited, veteran and transfer-friendly institution offering a variety of student scholarships. Explore the possibilities online at www.lourdes.edu or by phone at 419-885-3211. 

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