The Amerian Society of Industrial Security (ASIS) Pittsburgh chapter has named Commander Shawn Ellies as the Chair of the local chapter, leading over 200 members. Additionally, Cmdr. Ellies is a ASIS Certified Protection Professional®, completing a comprehensive certification program recognized as the gold standard for security management professionals worldwide.

In his role as Commander of the Pitt Police and Director of Security, Cmdr. Ellies oversees the university’s integrated safety and security needs. He has been a member of the University of Pittsburgh Police Department for the past 23 years in public safety leadership roles including Patrol Officer, Shift Sergeant, Shift Lieutenant, Administrative Lieutenant, Commander of the Special Emergency Response Team and Commander of Operations.

Cmdr. Ellies has served in the United States Army for 23 years. He earned a doctorate degree from the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh (Administration & Policy Studies), master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) program and a Master’s degree in Leadership and Management from Duquesne University.

Dedicated to helping others, Cmdr. Ellies also chairs the Veterans Community group on Pitt’s campus.

He is committed to upholding the core values of loyalty, duty, selfless service and integrity in everything he does, proud to serve the Pitt community. 

Congratulations to Cmdr. Ellies on these achievements!