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For Immediate Release:
Office of Public Relations
Fairleigh Dickinson University
1000 River Road
Teaneck, NJ 07666
285 Madison Avenue
Madison, NJ 07940
Fairleigh Dickinson University Honors Ron Calissi, Esq.
Inducted into The Pinnacle At Ceremony on April 20, 2001Madison, NJ (April 24, 2001) Ronald E. Calissi, Esq., was inducted into The Pinnacle, the highest award Fairleigh Dickinson University bestows on its alumni. In a ceremony at the University on April 20, Calissi, who earned a bachelor of arts and an MBA in management for executives from the University’s Teaneck-Hackensack Campus, was honored for his leadership in the public and educational arenas and his compassion for his community.
For the past 22 years, he served as the director of the Bergen County Law & Public Safety Institute — Police, Fire and EMS Academies. The institute is recognized as the leading school of public safety in New Jersey with more than 15,000 people enrolled each year.
As the director of the Department of Public Safety for Bergen County, he has led the division of County Police, emergency Management, medical Examiner, Weights & Measures, Consumer Protection, Highway Safety and the Law & Public Safety Institute. Calissi presided over the establishment of the New Jersey regional community Policing Institute with U.S. Department of Justice grants of more than $3.5 million to train community leaders.
A resident of Franklin Lakes, NJ, Calissi also worked in law enforcement as a sheriff’s officer, prosecutor’s investigator and a special state investigator with the New Jersey division of Criminal Justice.
While earning his MBA at Fairleigh Dickinson, he began serving as an adjunct professor and then moved on to become the director of the master of administrative science and the New Jersey Certified Public Manager programs. In that position, he created a national model for public safety education that enables police and fire academies to join forces with higher education. Calissi has led in the creation of dozens of public and nonprofit educational partnerships. Under his direction, courses are now conducted at 30 locations throughout the state of New Jersey — stretching from Cape May to Mahwah.
In March of 2001, Calissi became executive associate dean for Off-campus Credit Programs in FDU’s New College. In this capacity, he will develop distance-learning initiatives and explore new off-campus locations for programs.
His citation at the ceremonies concluded with a quote from a longtime colleague " ‘If Ron is your role model, you’re going to get a whole lot accomplished.’ For being that role model and for making a difference in so many lives, Fairleigh Dickinson University welcomes you to your well-earned place at The Pinnacle."