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Surrounded by his family and leaders of Blue Ridge Community College, Christopher White was sworn in as the College’s chief of police on Sept. 2, 2022. The group gathered near the flag pole of the Patton Building as the U.S. and North Carolina flags waved proudly overhead.
“It is my privilege to provide a safe and inviting atmosphere for our future leaders,” said Chief White. “Blue Ridge Community College is a family, and I thank all of you for trusting me to protect and serve our family.”
Blue Ridge Chief of Staff Dr. David Stegall welcomed the group on behalf of the College and President Dr. Laura B. Leatherwood. Vice President for General Administration Dr. Chad Merrill spoke about the Chief’s impressive experience and motivation. The ceremony was facilitated by Executive Assistant to the President Tammy Pryor, and Chief White pledged to uphold the law and justice through his public service.
Prior to joining Blue Ridge Community College, Chief Christopher White served in numerous law enforcement positions; including Deputy Director of Public Safety and Emergency Management Coordinator for South Carolina’s Trident Technical College; Patrol and Training Officer for the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office; and Patrol Officer for the Town of Laurel Park Police Department.
White holds two degrees in business administration – a master’s degree from Liberty University and a bachelor’s degree from Brevard College. He has been awarded Intermediate and Advanced Law Enforcement Certificates, and he is a member of both the North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police and the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.
“I am excited and ready to serve the students, faculty, staff, and community as the chief of police for Blue Ridge Community College,” he said.
Chief White is the third law enforcement officer to be sworn in during recent weeks. On July 27, Jonathan Tankersley was sworn in as a full-time campus police officer, and Director of Law Enforcement Training David Hensley was sworn in as a reserve officer.