Published: Oct. 15, 2013

Staff profiles: Sue Putman

By: Annie McGraw Media Communications annie.mcgraw@cabs.msu.eduContact(s): Kristen Parker Media Communications office: (517) 353-8942 cell: (517) 980-0709 Kristen.Parker@cabs.msu.edu

If you look up the word "hectic" in a dictionary, it will tell you the word means full of incessant or frantic activity. It also happens to be the word that Sue Putman, director of security at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, uses to describe her typical day.

“It’s very hectic, as you can imagine, because not only is the security piece brand new, but everything is,” she said.

You name it, Putman does it. From readying the building for the staff and public, to scheduling, to interviewing new applicants and doing background checks, the director of security is most definitely never bored. And that’s just the planned day to day. There are always unexpected tasks to attend to at any time, almost every day.

As hectic as it may be, Putman definitely enjoys her job. In her 34th year as a member of the police force at MSU, she says that working in security at the Broad Museum is probably her favorite assignment thus far.

“It’s just been so out of the box compared to what we normally do as police officers, and it’s been challenging,” she said. “The Broad Art Museum has just been fantastic, and a dream come true from an MSU officer standpoint.”

Sue Putman, director of security at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, talks about the variety of tasks her job entails.

Sue Putman, director of security at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, talks about the variety of tasks her job entails.

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