Wayland – Clovis’ early graduates is first recipient of new alumni award

CLOVIS – Clovis Police Chief Doug Ford was honored Friday as the first Distinguished Alumni Award winner for the Clovis campus of Wayland Baptist University. Ford received the award as a surprise after he delivered the keynote address to new graduates of the campus in a morning ceremony at Central Baptist Church.

Teresa Young, director of alumni relations for Wayland, presented Ford with the acrylic award.

Clovis Police Chief Doug Ford (center) holds the award for Distinguished Alumni of the Clovis Campus, joined by Wayland VP for External Programs Dr. Elane Seebo (left) and Ford’s wife Jane.“With an alumni family of more than 40,000, we have many great alumni who have accomplished much in their communities, and Doug Ford is no exception,” she said. “His commitment to serving his hometown and keeping the citizens safe is just one reason we felt he would be a perfect recipient of this first campus-specific award.”

A native of Clovis, Ford graduated from Clovis High School in 1984 and later served in the United States Marine Corps. He started his law enforcement career in 1994, joining the Clovis Police Department in October 1997.

Since that time, Ford has worked as a patrol officer, gang unit officer, K-9 officer and field training officer. As a sergeant and lieutenant, he has supervised in the Field Services Division, Special Operations Unit and the K-9 Unit. He was promoted to captain in 2012 and has overseen nearly every unit in the department before being named chief in June 2015.

Ford received his associate’s degree in criminal justice from Clovis Community College in 1994. He then earned the bachelor’s degree in law enforcement in August 1999 at what was then Wayland’s new campus at Cannon Air Force Base.  He also holds a Master of Science in Management degree from Colorado Technical University University, and he attended the 47th Management College at the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration for his training as police chief.

“We’re extremely pleased to call him an alumnus of this campus. He represents our graduates well,” says Dr. Gary Mitchell, executive director of the campus.

A true community servant, Ford is a member in good standing with the Disabled American Veterans, Fraternal Order of Police, International Association of Chiefs of Police, New Mexico Association of Chiefs of Police, and Institute of Law Enforcement Administration Alumni.

Wayland’s Association of Former Students has presented Distinguished Alumni Awards to graduates over the homecoming weekend for many years. The program was expanded this year to include a winner for each campus’ alumni, with Ford being the first honored. By the time homecoming festivities are celebrated in October, a total of 16 alumni will have been selected and celebrated at each campus.