Adam Elias ’07, Director, State House Security
“Merrimack College exposed me to unique opportunities and challenges, forcing me to think critically, work collaboratively, and consider differing viewpoints and perspectives.”
With an interest in history his freshman year, Adam quickly realized that teaching was not the right path for him. He switched gears to political science, where he took an internship his senior year at the Massachusetts State House. As most internships are unpaid, Adam also took a part-time position working as a security officer, where he fostered an interest in law enforcement and a career in security.
After graduating, Adam became a security officer at Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston, Mass. He spent the next six years managing the overall security operation, including personnel management, recruitment, and retention. In 2012 Adam started a new role as the Deputy Director of Public Safety for the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA).
“I found myself now managing over one-hundred personnel with an annual budget of $6.5 million. While intimidating, my experience at Merrimack taught me to step outside of my comfort zone and to take chances. Over the course of five and a half years, I was directly involved in the planning and execution of numerous special events in the city of Boston, and led the agency’s response to emergencies including the Boston Marathon bombing.”
During his time at MCCA, Adam also completed a Master of Science in Crime and Justice Studies at Suffolk University. In August of 2017, Adam entered a new chapter as the Director of State House Security, reporting to the offices of the Governor, Senate President, and Speaker of the House.
“Ultimately, I will present a set of recommendations and lead efforts to strengthen the security within the building while maintaining public access, which serves as a vital link between the public and their elected officials.”
How did your experience at Merrimack help you as a professional?
As a student employee in both the Admission’s Office and as a Building Manager for the Sakowich Campus Center, I gained valuable experience working in a professional office setting and interacting with clients, the public, and students. Academically, Merrimack prepared me to further my education and accomplish a personal goal of achieving a master’s degree - the first in my family.
What is the best advice you could give current Merrimack students?
Don’t be afraid to fail! Try something new and take advantage of the different opportunities Merrimack College offers. You will be surprised with what you find out about yourself and who you will meet.
Why are you Merrimack Proud?
I am proud to see the College moving in such a positive direction since I graduated. The campus continues to grow and new and innovative programs are being offered to ensure the school remains competitive and relevant. Merrimack has provided me with the confidence and education necessary to start my career by teaching me to be a leader and to advocate for others. I am confident Merrimack’s growth and current direction will continue to prepare future students to be successful both personally and professionally.