Get to Know Get to Know is a series that appears regularly on Regis Today highlighting the interesting people who are part of the Regis community. Name: Manuel “Manny” Amado Regis Start Date: July 2015 What attracted you to Regis? The Jesuit philosophy and culture. It’s where I want to be in the second half of my public safety career. Also the fact that Colorado is truly God’s country. This beautiful state is a health choice for my wife who has multiple sclerosis. They have some of the best MS doctors in the country right here in Denver. What were you doing before? I was a law enforcement officer for 26 years. I retired as the chief of police of the Pima College District Police Department in Tucson, Arizona, where I spent 19 wonderful years. I worked in county and municipal policing before that. I am also adjunct faculty for Northern Arizona University in organizational ethics. What initially sparked your interest in a career in law enforcement? Service to the community. I was in minor seminary from 11-17 years old. I decided not to accept a scholarship to St. John’s in California, but still wanted to serve and help people. My uncle suggested public service, law enforcement in particular since I appreciated structure. I decided to stay in higher education because it is a fulfilling aspect of law enforcement. I enjoy working with students and actually seeing the difference I make. Favorite way you spend your time outside of work: I enjoy hiking and taking long walks and appreciating God’s creations. What are some of your top priorities as director? My top priority is always the safety of the students, staff and faculty, and all community members that visit our beautiful campus. This can only be accomplished by building a relationship with our community through outreach. Another priority of mine is to continue to build the Regis Department of Campus Safety. There are caring, compassionate and experienced officers working for Regis that seek leadership and mentoring. Favorite thing about Regis so far: That’s easy! The people here! Everyone I have met from students to faculty and of course staff are very positive and enjoy what they do, and it’s contagious. The campus itself is also very inviting and very peaceful. It’s beautiful here (thank you, Physical Plant!) If you could eat lunch with one famous person (living or deceased), who would it be and why? Pope John Paul II. I would want to know how it is that he brought together such a divisive world and how he practiced servant leadership.