Eddie Kent Wilson
Class of 1975
Eddie Kent Wilson was born December 30, 1956 at Neblett Clinic in Canyon, TX. He attended CISD all of his public school years, and he graduated in 1975. He received a Bachelor of Science in criminal Justice from West Texas A&M University and a Master of Arts in Political Science and Sociology from West Texas A&M University. He was also a graduate of the Distinguished Law Enforcement Management Institute at Amarillo College.
Wilson began his law enforcement career in 1976. He served as a deputy for the Randall County Sheriff"s Office and in the following years held the ranks of patrolman, sergeant and captain. he became Chief of Police at WTAMU in 1989 and served in that capacity until 2002.
During his tenure at WTAMU, he initiated several policies that led to a safer environment for youth to continue their college education. He helped establish and was chairman of the Texas A&M University System Police Administration from 1995-2000. Wilson also created a Police Advisory Board of Students, Faculty, and Staff for WTAMU so that police could be better assisted in serving the community. Under his guidance, major crime was reduced by 69% on the WTAMU campus.
Chief Wilson played an influential role in involving law enforcement in both national and state prevention programs. He served as chairman of the US Department of Education Task Force in Washington, DC and was also the only university law office to ever serve on that board. He participated in such national committees as the Review Board for the Higher Education Center, the Gender Equity Committee, and the Violence Prevention Annual Conference.
Chief Wilson was a member of the executive board of Texans Standing Tall, the sole statewide coalition to prevent underage drinking. Because of his groundbreaking work that helped reduce major crime on the WTAMU campus, he was honored posthumously by the Texans Standing Tall Organization. He was only the third person to receive this yearly honor. The Thesis of the "TST Champion" award was "Chief Wilson (is) landed for his pioneer work in changing the traditional role of law enforcement by bringing new ideas to the community police, while also drastically reducing the major crime on the WTAMU campus."
In addition to major contributions within the University Police Department, Chief Wilson traveled extensively, worked on committees, and spent countless hours of personal of personal time securing grants, structuring programs and training others to prevent violence and underage drinking on the state and national levels.
Colleagues and co-worker recall with admiration Chief Wilson creative ideas in law enforcement and his proactive leadership and make them a reality. They remember him for his forthrightness and honesty. They also recognize that he understood the environmental change that was needed to accomplish campus safety. They all agree that he was very deserving of each honor he received.
After fighting a lengthy battle with Lou Gehrig"s disease, Chief Wilson passed away at age 45 on October 11, 2002. He was survived by his wife, Terri, two children, JoeDan, and Kristen, his parents and two brothers. He left a huge void in many areas and is greatly missed by all who knew him.