New scholarship named for Pitt–Bradford’s first police chief

An anonymous donor has established a new criminal justice scholarship in memory of George Barron, the first director of campus police and security at Pitt–Bradford, who died in December.

Barron came to Pitt-Bradford in 1979 to supervise the campus’s Pinkerton security guards while establishing the police department. He served as the first chief of police and director of public safety from 1980 until 1996.

His time at Pitt-Bradford capped a law enforcement career that began after he served for three years in the U.S. Coast Guard. In 1952, he graduated from the Pennsylvania State Police Academy and went on to serve with the state police until 1978, when he retired as the commander of the Kane station.

While chief of police at Pitt-Bradford, he created a comprehensive campus security manual that was adopted in part by dozens of other colleges and universities. He also served on the board and as president of the Northeast Colleges and Universities Security Association and was awarded its Lawrence W. Joy Presidential Award for Outstanding Services in 1989.

To make a gift to the George J. Barron Memorial Scholarship or establish a scholarship at Pitt-Bradford, contact the Office of Philanthropic and Alumni Engagement at 814-362-5091.