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April 18, 2013

Former bomb squad commander named director of OSU Center for Improvised Explosives

FrucciThe Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences has named John J. Frucci III, Ed.S., as director of training of its Center for Improvised Explosives Research and Training (IMPEX). He joins Jarrad Wagner, Ph.D., forensic chemist and director of research, in leading IMPEX.

"John Frucci's experience in identifying and dismantling explosive devices will be a valuable asset for the university," said Howard Barnett, president of OSU-Tulsa and OSU Center for Health Sciences. "Under his leadership, we believe that IMPEX will be firmly established as a leading training facility for bomb technicians and explosives experts from across the country."

IMPEX, part of the OSU School of Forensic Sciences in Tulsa, offers training to help alleviate the threats of improved explosives by combining research, testing and training.

"John is a critical addition to IMPEX and our forensic sciences program as he provides a link from chemical research to application in the bomb technician community with his wealth of knowledge about handling and dismantling explosive devices," said Robert Allen, Ph.D., director of the School of Forensic Sciences at OSU Center for Health Sciences. "Utilizing his expertise, we will be able to expand the research and learning opportunities available through IMPEX."

A former bomb squad commander from Newark, New Jersey, Frucci has 20 years of experience in law enforcement. He began his career in 1993 as a sheriff's officer in the Essex County Sheriff's Office in Newark. Frucci has also worked as a detective in the fugitive squad and as a fire explosion investigator for the Essex County Prosecutor's Office Arson Task Force.  He was lead investigator for a seven-year investigation of the Seton Hall fire in 2000 that killed three and injured 58. Two suspects pleaded guilty and the investigation resulted in a book, documentary and an International Investigator of the Year Award for Frucci.

On 9/11, Frucci responded to the World Trade Center site and participated with other law enforcement personnel in conducting search, rescue and recovery.  After these events in 2002, he joined the Essex County Bomb Squad as a detective and served as the squad commander from 2009-2011.

Frucci earned his bachelor's degree in political science from Rutgers University in 1997. He earned his master's degree in education administration in 2000 and his education specialist degree in education administration and supervision in 2006, both from Seton Hall University.

Since 2008, Frucci has been an adjunct professor in the Professional Security Studies Department at New Jersey City University. He is also as an online facilitator for criminal justice courses at the University of Phoenix.

Frucci's appointment is pending approval by the OSU/A&M Board of Regents.

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