Raymond Kelly, Former Commissioner of the NYPD
& Vice Chairman at K2 Intelligence
With 50 years in public service, including 14 years as Police Commissioner of the City of New York, Raymond W. Kelly is one of the world’s most well-known and highly esteemed leaders in law enforcement. Kelly was appointed Police Commissioner in January 2002 by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, making Kelly the longest serving Police Commissioner in the city’s history, as well as the first to hold the post for a second, separate tenure. He also served as Police Commissioner under Mayor David N. Dinkins from 1992-1994.
In 2002, Commissioner Kelly created the first counterterrorism bureau of any municipal police department in the country. He also established a new global intelligence program and stationed New York City detectives in eleven foreign cities. Under Kelly’s leadership, the NYPD lowered violent crime by 40% from 2001 levels, while also dedicating extensive resources to the successful prevention of any future terrorist attacks. Commissioner Kelly also established the Real Time Crime Center, a state-of-the-art facility that uses data mining to search millions of computer records and put investigative leads into the hands of detectives in the field. These department wide improvements have served as the model for other law enforcement agencies around the world.
The former commissioner opens up about his life in law enforcement and his fight against international terrorism post-9/11 in his memoir Vigilance: My Life Serving America and Protecting its Empire City, released September 2015 by Hachette Book Group.
Commissioner Kelly recently joined K2 Intelligence, an industry-leading investigative, compliance and cyber defense services firm as Vice Chairman. In his role, Kelly will provide valuable insight into the design and development of tailored enterprise risk solutions for K2 Intelligence clients around the world. In addition to twice serving as the New York City Police Commissioner, Kelly’s career in public service includes directing the International Police Force in Haiti (appointed by then President Bill Clinton), serving as a Vice President of Interpol from 1996-2000, Commissioner of the U.S. Customs Service and Undersecretary of Enforcement at the U.S. Treasury Department.
As Commissioner of the U.S. Customs Service, he managed the agency’s 20,000 employees and $20 billion in annual revenue. For his accomplishments, Commissioner Kelly was awarded the Alexander Hamilton Medal for Exceptional Service. As Under Secretary for Enforcement at the U.S. Treasury Department (the third highest post in the department at the time), he supervised the Department’s enforcement bureaus including the U.S. Customs Service, the U.S. Secret Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. For his service as Director of the International Police Monitors in Haiti, Commissioner Kelly was awarded the Exceptionally Meritorious Service Commendation by the President of the United States.
A 43-year veteran of the NYPD, Commissioner Kelly served in 25 different commands before being named Police Commissioner. He was appointed to the New York City Police Department in 1963. Shortly thereafter he accepted a commission to the United States Marine Corps Officer Program. He served on active military duty for three years including a combat tour in Vietnam. He returned to the Police Department in 1966 and entered the New York City Police Academy, graduating with the highest combined average for academics, physical achievement and marksmanship. He was also a member of the inaugural class of the New York City Police Cadet Corps for three years while a student at Manhattan College. During his tenure time in the NYPD, Kelly received 14 citations of merit for outstanding police work. Commissioner Kelly retired as a Colonel from the Marine Corps Reserves after 30 years of service.
Commissioner Kelly holds a BBA from Manhattan College, a JD from St. John’s University School of Law, an LLM from New York University Graduate School of Law and an MPA from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Honorary Degree Recipients
Chris Treanor, President of Programs
& Specialty Products for HUB International
Chris Treanor is the President of Programs & Specialty Products for HUB International, a large insurance brokerage firm. Chris has been a member of the Centenary University Board of Trustees since 2001 and currently serves as Third Vice Chairman and is a member of the Personnel and Audit Committees. Chris is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Freedom House, a residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment center based in Glen Garner with operations throughout New Jersey.
Chris has spent his entire career in insurance brokerage. Prior to joining HUB Chris held senior executive positions at Marsh & McLennan and launched and ran his own brokerage firm. Chris received an AB in Economics and History magna cum laude from Duke University in 1985 and received his MBA from Columbia University in 1991.
Chris is a lifelong New Jersey resident and has lived in Tewksbury Township with his wife and children for the last 25 years.
Nancy Johns Paffendorf ’79/’81/’06,
Dean for Community and College Affairs, Centenary University
Dominick V. Romano Volunteer Award
Serving as the Dean of Community and College Affairs at Centenary University, Nancy began her association with the University in the fall of 1971 as a freshman, and she began her career in higher education at Central Texas College in Killeen, Texas in 1973. She also worked in the Registrar’s Office at Sussex County Community College where she handled transfer credit evaluation and graduation certification.
Nancy has held many positions at Centenary University including Acting Registrar, Director of Alumni Affairs, and Dean for Academic Policy and Programs. She served on the Alumni Association Executive Board for 20 years. She is one of Centenary University’s original 125 Distinguished Alumni.
As Dean for Community and College Affairs and a member of the Centenary University Executive Staff, Nancy collaborates with many organizations in Hackettstown and the surrounding area. She has served on the Boards of the Hackettstown Business Improvement District where she is currently the Treasurer (formerly Vice President) and the former Warren County Chamber of Commerce where she served as Secretary. She is Vice President of the Hackettstown Rotary Club (formerly Secretary) and has been a member of the United Way of Northern New Jersey Women’s Leadership Council, and the Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce Women in Business group. She has served on the Hackettstown Regional Medical Center’s Gala Committee and Radio Auction Committee. Additionally, she interacts with elected officials and non-profit organizations, building collaborative relationships and projects. Nancy often represents the University at events and also brings community leaders to the Centenary University Campus.
Nancy and her husband George, an Honorary Alumnus (Class of ’07), live in Mount Olive Township. They were married in the George H. Whitney Chapel at Centenary University in 1972.They have donated the University’s Christmas tree for more than 10 years and are members of the Cornelius Walsh Society. George and Nancy have two children, a daughter, Devon, who holds three degrees from Centenary University; and a son, Jerry, Founder and CEO of Loveland Technologies in Detroit, Michigan.