New Campus Safety Director Aims to Work Together with Students
Submitted on February 20, 2020
It felt a little like fate that got Josh Masterson ‘03 back to Georgetown College. A 2003 graduate of the college, Josh is now returning to where he achieved his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology as the new Director of Campus Safety. In his new role he hopes to, first and foremost, be of service to the students on campus.
Prior to his time at Georgetown College, Josh served as a Lexington, Kentucky police officer for nearly ten years. A knee injury during his time with Lexington Police forced an early retirement for him in that role, during which time he focused on his new career as a self-defense and martial arts instructor. He began running a school teaching self-defense and martial arts during his time with Lexington Police, but upon his retirement, he was able to devote a larger chunk of his time to this passion.
It has all led, though, to him coming back to where it all started at Georgetown College. “Only this position could force me out of retirement and self-employment. Only this one,” said Josh. “I was incredibly excited about this opportunity, especially being an alumni. I felt I had a lot to offer, and this is my way of giving back to the campus.”
As the new Director of Campus Safety, Josh is aiming to make the department accessible for students and a welcome part of the campus community. “I want students to be able to come to us if there’s a problem, and I want there to be an open line of communication between us and the students.”
And making the department more accessible begins visually, according to Josh. “I’d love to institute a bike patrol. It would be a great way to better patrol the campus. It helps us be healthier and allows for more contact with students, where we’re far more accessible throughout the day.”
As a former student himself, Josh understands the importance of this accessibility, the importance of students and Campus Safety working together to make campus that much safer and friendlier to all. It’s this mentality and this passion that guides him in his new role.