WBU Honors Albuquerque Alumnus at Graduation

November 19, 2019

An officer flanked by two individuals in academic regalia, all looking at the camera
Distinguished Alumni Award winner Roger Legendre, center, received his honor from Albuquerque campus director Dr. Tom Fisher, left, and Dr. Elane Seebo, vice president of external campuses, right, at the Friday graduation ceremony.

ALBUQUERQUE – Wayland Baptist University honored one of its alumni at Friday’s graduation ceremony in Albuquerque. Amid a backdrop of degrees and addresses, Officer Roger Legendre was named the Distinguished Alumni Award winner for the campus for 2019.

A native of Albuquerque, Legendre is a lieutenant with the Albuquerque Police Department, overseeing youth engagement and education programs. This new position aims to reform the APD School Resource Officer Program, develop law enforcement/youth engagement activities and develop youth diversion programs. He has worked for APD for 14 years, coming into law enforcement from a role as taekwondo instructor.

Since joining the police force, he has worked as a field officer, detective and field training officer and has been involved in activities such as peer support, crisis intervention team, emergency response team and Child Abuse Recognition Evaluator. Besides his service as an lieutenant, Legendre was appointed to the Mayor’s Kids’ Cabinet group involving various city entities focused on youth engagement and partnering to reach each other’s goals.

Legendre was recruited to Wayland by fellow alumnus and former APD officer John Corvino, starting his degree full strength in 2017 and graduating in November 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in justice administration. He says he now has taken up Corvino’s mantle and encourages other officers to pursue their higher education for personal enrichment and advancement opportunities.

Roger and his wife have four children.

“Wayland has a long tradition of supporting and educating our law enforcement officers, and we are proud to count Roger Legendre as one of those outstanding servants,” said Teresa Young, director of alumni relations for Wayland. “Roger has distinguished himself by his service to his community and his active support for recruiting and encouraging other officers to attend Wayland as well.”