The Salus community will soon bid farewell to Gary Hughes, director of Safety and Security
, as he prepares to retire to sunny Florida.
During his time here, Hughes has become known for his overwhelming generosity. He has participated faithfully in Salus and Culinart’s Thanksgiving community service day
as well as donated sought-after items for the Looking Out For Kids (LOFK) fundraiser event
, and always has a smile on his face while walking the halls.
Hughes is also the man behind the delicious mints found at the corner of the security desk in the lobby. “The mints came to mind when I was watching students, staff, and faculty coming in through the door with little to no communication with our officer at the front desk,” he said. He pondered what would help facilitate communication and connection between the guards and the rest of the Salus community. “Once I instituted the mint bowl, it created an opportunity for a pleasant interaction between them both,” he said.
What he has likes best about working at Salus is the community. “It is like an extended family that I will always cherish,” he said.
As Hughes’ countdown to retirement concludes, he has some departing words for Salus, a community that he so obviously loves: “Salus has left its mark on me. These past five years, I have met so many wonderful people and developed long-lasting relationships that I know will stand the test of time. Thank you so very much to all for your support, friendship, mentoring, you will always be a cherished memory in my life and wherever life takes you, I wish each and every one of you happiness, health, and contentment throughout the years.”
As Hughes departs, Nicholas Mancini has already started the onboarding process as the new director of Safety & Security.
Mancini has over 30 years of experience within safety and security. He was a police lieutenant with the Philadelphia Police Department, a senior staff officer for the Philadelphia Housing Police Department, and most recently held the position of director of Public Safety for Saint Charles Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa.
“Gary has inspired others by quietly performing his job while seeking little reward or recognition and he has done this job with great compassion, intelligence and a sense of humor,” Mancini said. “If there is anything I would hope to carry over from Gary is to earn the same respect and esteem his Salus co-workers have given him. Gary is truly a role model for everyone who has worked with him.”
“Nick will be a great fit for Salus – he is personable, knowledgeable, and comes to us with a wealth of experience that is priceless,” Hughes said.
As Hughes passes the reigns to Mancini, he has a few pointers:
- Be true to himself
- Be a good communicator and over communicate with the Salus community
- Be honest, straight forward, and have a smile always
- DON’T RUN OUT OF MINTS!