Lubbock Police Chief Honored as Distinguished Alum

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Police Chief Greg Stevens received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Lubbock campus Executive Director Dr. David Bishop (left) and Vice President for External Programs Dr. Elane Seebo at the June 8 graduation ceremony.

LUBBOCK – Chief Greg Stevens of the Lubbock Police Department was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus of Wayland Baptist University’s Lubbock Campus during the June 8 commencement ceremony.

Stevens is a native of Amarillo who served in the U.S. Air Force as a military police officer and K-9 handler, stationed primarily in Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska, home to another Wayland campus.

After his honorable discharge in July 1992, Stevens returned to West Texas and attended the Lubbock Police Academy, graduating in February 1993. His first assignment with the LPD was as an evening patrol officer, then he transferred in 1996 to become an undercover narcotics detective. He was promoted to corporal in 1997 and returned to the patrol division as a field training officer. He also served as instructor for the Lubbock Police Academy.

Stevens joined the SWAT team in 1998. Around the same time, he reenlisted in the U.S. Navy Reserves and restarted his military police career. Within days of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in 2001, the U.S. Navy recalled Stevens to active duty, and he served seven months in support of Operation Noble Eagle on board Naval Air Station Jacksonville in Florida.

He returned to the LPD in 2002 as an undercover supervisor in the detective division while working on his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at Wayland. After moving through the ranks and working in different areas of the police department, Stevens reached captain status and joined the administrative division, named Assistant Police Chief in May 2014 and finally named to his current role as Police Chief in August 2015.

Along the way, Stevens was deployed by the Navy once more, this time for a short stint in 2012 with Naval Special Warfare SEAL Team Development Group in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He completed an MBA with Texas Tech not long after returning to Lubbock. He retired from military service in March 2015 with nearly 25 years of service to his country.

In the midst of all that, Chief Stevens finds time to serve his community. He is active in the local Rotary Club and is on the boards of Lubbock Voice of Hope and the Forensic Nurse Staffing of West Texas. He is immediate past chairman of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce Leadership Lubbock program.

The chief and his wife Randi, Program Director at the International Cultural Center at Texas Tech, have three daughters: Madison is a senior at Tech, and twins Abigail and Allison will be sophomores at Lubbock-Cooper High School.

“Wayland’s alumni are great examples of what makes this university so special in their service and character, and Chief Stevens follows that model beautifully,” said Teresa Young, director of alumni relations at Wayland. “We are honored to call him part of our Wayland family, and it was no surprise given his accomplishments that our Lubbock campus chose him as their first alumni honoree.”

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 Stevens being the sixth honored in 2018. By the time homecoming festivities are celebrated in October, a total of 16 alumni will have been selected and celebrated across the system.