Kenneth Cop

Executive Director and Chief of Police, University Public Safety


Kenneth Cop has been a member of the Rutgers University community for over 30 years. He graduated from Livingston College in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice, a minor in Sociology and a Criminology Certificate. In 2015, he was named a Livingston College Distinguished Alumnus. In 2011, he graduated from Centenary University with a Master of Arts in Leadership and Public Administration. Additionally, he is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Class #254, the West Point Command and Leadership School, and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Program. 

Kenneth Cop was hired as a Rutgers University Security Officer in 1995 and completed his basic police certification at the Ocean County Police Academy in 1997. He presently serves as the Vice President of Public Safety and Chief of University Police. He oversees the administration and operation of all University Public Safety related services for the Rutgers University system. Public Safety services are delivered through the following areas; the Rutgers University Police Department, Security Services, Identity and Access Management, Shared Services Emergency Communications Center, Emergency Services and the Office of Emergency Management. He is an active member of the Big Ten Chiefs Association, New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police and the Middlesex County Association of Chiefs of Police.

Ghislaine Darden

Associate Vice President, Strategic Services


Ghislaine joined the University Facilities & Capital Planning department at Rutgers University in 1987 as a Coordinator of Special Events. She was appointed Assistant Vice President, Strategic Services in 2019 after having served in a number of positions within the department. In 2013, she created the Strategic Services department and by 2016, that department became one of the six pillars of a newly created division, Institutional Planning & Operations (IP&O). This division is responsible for all planning and operational activities at the university.

Ghislaine is a proactive visionary and global thinker. She has brought together a strong and impactful team under her leadership. The Strategic Services group is responsible for coordinating and uniting the efforts of IP&O’s individual units statewide and providing high level, executive, strategic, analytical, and organizational support to advance the objectives, mission, and goals of the division. Ghislaine has built a strong and impactful team which includes Integrated Work Management Systems, Communications and Marketing, Facilities Condition Analysis, MyPath Training and Employee Development, Data Analytics, IP&O Administration, and most recently the IP&O Service Center and Employee Services. 

Scott Luthman

Code Official, Office of Codes and Standards


Scott Luthman has 27 years in Code Enforcement. He joined his family’s construction business in 1977, working as a carpenter. He eventually took over the business and ran it for 20 years. During that time Scott went to school at night, receiving these building inspector licenses: Residential and Small Commercial Specialist, Industrial and Commercial Specialist, and High-rise Hazardous Specialist. He also holds a Building Subcode and Construction Official’s license. In 1995 he began working part-time as a Building Inspector/Subcode Official, and in 1997, he was offered his first full time Construction Officials position. He joined Rutgers University in November 2015.

David Schulz

Vice President, Planning, Development, and Design


David C. Schulz, AIA, PP, AUA is an architect, planner, and executive with nearly 40 years of experience in facilities planning, construction, management, and administration.

He has been with Rutgers for almost 25 years and has focused his career on project development, facilities management, and facilities administration. Dave has a superior record of rapid implementation of complex projects, and is an analytical thinker and skilled problem solver who understands complex relationships among myriad stakeholders.

A firm believer in the extraordinary value of volunteerism, Dave has participated in volunteer activities on the local, county, and state level.

John Shulack

Vice President, University Facilities


John F. Shulack has been with Rutgers since 1989 and has served in numerous management and leadership positions in facilities administration and is currently the Vice President of University Facilities. The areas served by University Facilities, enterprise wide, include maintenance and operations, utilities plants and distribution, design and construction management for all physical plant projects, Rutgers Environmental Health and Safety. He manages a staff of over 1,800 employees.

Henry Velez

Vice President, Business Services


Henry X. Velez is the Vice President for Institutional Planning and Operations – Business Services. His career spans 28 years in higher education. Henry is a licensed professional in public accounting, certified financial planner, certified facilitator in internal control self-assessment, and certified information technology professional.

Henry oversees the financial governance, budget and accounting, procurement, payroll, IT, employee services, economic development, and various operational service level agreements for IP&O. The operation’s portfolio includes 1,000 buildings consisting of 30 million gsf, over $1 billion capital construction program, and a $500 million operating annual budget. He has fiscal oversight of Housing, Golf Course, Retail, Parking, Transportation, University Facilities, Capital Planning and Construction, University Public Safety, Mail, Record Retention, Warehousing, Fleet and various other university support services under IP&O.