Old thread, but I'm new to these forums.
I did IT support for Simmons College 2001-2002 and my Wife and I attended an exhibit at Simmons a few weeks ago, so I can offer somewhat up-to-date info.
The director of security is Gerry Chaulk. Gerry seemed to be a nice guy, retired Captain (IIRC) in Chelsea or Everett PD. His top ranking officers were Simmons employees, but everyone below that was a contract security guard. NOBODY was armed at the college.
It's also a very strange place for straight males to work at! It has a very high percentage of gay-lesbian students (it is basically an all girls school) and employees and very few males working there (exception might be for faculty) . . . this was even admitted to me outright by one of the Personnel Reps and a VP (who is straight).
It was also a very difficult place to work post-9/11 as there was an almost unanimous anti-war sentiment on campus.
When we were there a few weeks ago, I stopped by Gerry's office just to say hello in case he was in (he wasn't). Let's just say that the contract guards (don't recall what the patch said) that I saw that day (a Sunday) were 5 very unprofessional looking young guys . . . three were hanging out having a smoke on the front steps of the main building when I entered the building and one was in the same place much later in the day when we walked back out that same door.