Maureen Rush this month continued to build on nearly 40 years of law enforcement leadership by being elected unanimously as the first female president of the Philadelphia Police Foundation.
Rush, the University of Pennsylvania's vice president for public safety, was elected by the foundation's board of directors to the volunteer post Sept. 21 after six years as a member of the foundation.
The nonprofit supports Philadelphia's police department by funding projects outside the city's budget, according to its website. Its previous president was Robert Ciaruffoli, chairman and chief executive of the ParentBeard accounting firm.
An 18-year-veteran of the Police Department, Rush went to Penn in 1994 and became the director of victim support and special services. She became police chief at the university in 1996 before becoming vice president for public safety, overseeing seven departments.