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University welcomes Boston Police Chief for Badolato Speaker Series

Nearly one full year following the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings, Towson University will host Daniel Linskey, Superintendent-in-Chief of the Boston Police Department, for this year’s Edward V. Badolato Distinguished Speaker Series in Homeland Security.

Daniel Linskey

Chief Daniel Linskey

The keynote presentation, “Leadership Lessons from the Boston Marathon Bombings,” will be held Friday, April 11 at 1:30 p.m. in the College of Liberal Arts Building, Room 4110, with a networking reception to follow at 4:30 p.m.

Chief Linskey was the incident commander for last year’s Boston Marathon, and led the response to and investigation of the bombings that killed three people and injured more than 260, including Towson alumna Erika Brannock ’08.

After two pressure cooker bombs exploded near the marathon’s finish line, Chief Linskey worked with the FBI and Boston and state police to aid and evacuate the injured, secure the scene and stabilize the city. In the following days, he oversaw the investigation to identify and apprehend the individuals responsible in what would become one of the largest and most complicated law enforcement efforts ever.

When the identified terrorist suspects initiated a gunfight with police officers in Watertown, Mass., on April 19, Chief Linskey was the first commander on the scene. While one suspect was killed during the exchange, the other escaped, leading Linskey to initiate an unprecedented manhunt and lockdown of the metropolitan Boston area that led to the second suspect’s capture later that day.

This event is free and open to the public, but requires registration.

Endowed by the late Colonel Edward V. Badolato, USMC (Ret.), the Edward V. Badolato Distinguished Speaker Series brings to campus distinguished leaders in the field of Homeland Security to share their perspective on how to combat terrorism and protect the nation.

Col. Badolato graduated from Towson University and served under former Presidents Reagan and Bush as deputy assistant secretary of the Department of Energy, specializing in counter-terrorism and emergency planning. Col. Badolato was an internationally recognized expert in the field of energy and environmental operations, contingency planning and emergency response. He was also a retired U.S. Marine Corps Colonel who completed three combat tours of duty in Vietnam.