Graduate from Saint Leo, One of the Leading Universities in Florida, Expects Presidential Appointment

June 18, 2012

President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint Patrick Gaynor, a Saint Leo University alumnus, to serve on the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Review Board, according to the White House. The head of the Meriden, Conn. Police Department’s detective division received his degree in business management from Saint Leo, one of the most military friendly universities in Florida and the country.

The Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor is the highest national honor for valor awarded annually to public safety officials who have exhibited great courage and gone beyond the call of duty to save or protect a person’s life. As one of 11 members of the board, Gaynor will review nominations and recommend individuals to receive the award from the President.

Board members are chosen for their knowledge, experience and training in the field of public safety. In his 15 years in the Meriden Police Department, Gaynor has worked in several divisions, including patrol, narcotics, SWAT, training and professional standards. He is president of the Connecticut Council of Police Unions, AFSCME Council 15. Prior to joining the department, he served for eight years in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he took part in Operation Desert Shield.

Serving those who serve: Education for the military and criminal justice professionals

Since 1973, Saint Leo University has offered degree programs on military bases. Today, more than 5,000 men and women of the armed forces are enrolled in a Saint Leo University degree program, making up about 30 percent of the student population.

Saint Leo University is ranked among the nation's most military friendly colleges by G.I. Jobs and Military Advanced Education magazines. The University is one of only 10 institutions nationwide to be approved by the U.S. Coast Guard for participation in its new Maritime Law Enforcement College Partnership Program.

While the University offers more than 40 undergraduate and graduate programs in business, science, and the liberal arts, members of the military often capitalize on their military experience with a degree in criminal justice. Saint Leo offers bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice with specializations in homeland security and criminalistics. Graduate students specialize in corrections, critical incident management, forensic psychology, forensic science and legal studies. One of the top universities in Florida, Saint Leo is the only university in the world where students help local law enforcement agencies identify suspects in 30-year-old unsolved homicide cases.

About Saint Leo University
Saint Leo ranks as one of the top universities in the South, according to U.S. News & World Report’s "America's Best Colleges" list. Saint Leo's traditional liberal arts campus, located 30 miles north of Tampa, educates more than 1,900 students. Total enrollment across its campus, regional education centers, and online programs exceeds 15,000. Among the oldest Catholic universities in Florida, Saint Leo is one of the nation's 10 leading providers of higher education to the U.S. military, and is a nationally recognized leader in online education.