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January 21, 2019

Roberts Appoints New Director for Justice and Security Institute

Roberts Wesleyan College is pleased to announce the appointment of Joe Testani as director of the Justice and Security Institute (JSI). In addition, Testani will assume some teaching responsibilities in the criminal justice and Homeland Security/applied intelligence programs. He assumed his role on Jan. 1 and succeeds Mark Concordia who founded the JSI and served as the director since 2016. Concordia will work on growing the criminal justice program at the college, focusing on targeted violence threat assessment and intervention work in the community.

As director, Testani will be responsible for the administrative oversight of the JSI in addition to developing and leading training and consulting for a wide range of community initiatives, including education, research, and evaluation of the social issue of intended violence that manifests in the form of mass shootings, domestic violence, targeted homicide, terrorism and hate crimes. Other responsibilities include collaboration with the public and private sectors to develop and deliver cutting-edge training to address some of the most challenging justice and security issues. 

Testani brings 32 years of experience from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and served the agency most recently in Rochester as well as previous positions in Boston and Philadelphia. He brings extensive experience in investigating and managing criminal and national security matters with a focus on counterterrorism.

“Joe brings a prestigious background in intelligence and counterterrorism that will strengthen our community training programs and our academics on complex justice and security issues,” Dean, School of Natural and Social Sciences Julia Grimm said. “I am confident he will use his extensive knowledge and leadership to champion training for private industry and school districts, as well as bring real-world examples and application to our students in the classroom who will one day become police officers, special agents, law enforcement financial analysts, intelligence analysts, crime analysts and more.”

Testani earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Le Moyne College. He resides in Rochester with his wife Julie and three sons.

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