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Lone Star College names new chief of police

Paul Willingham has been named as the new chief of police for the Lone Star College Police Department. Willingham began his duties Aug. 17. 

“We are excited Chief Willingham has joined Lone Star College,” said Rand Key, LSC chief executive officer at LSC-University Park. “Lone Star College is committed to providing a safe environment for our students and staff and I know we will be in good hands.”

Prior to joining LSC, Willingham served as chief of police at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, a position he held since 2007. Willingham also served in the University of Texas at Houston Police Department from 1991-2007.

“I believe in doing things the right way, with the highest degree of quality, professionalism, integrity and devotion to ethics,” said Willingham.

Willingham received his Master of Arts in Criminology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Mountain State University in West Virginia. Willingham also currently serves on the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

Willingham takes over for LSC Police Chief Richard Gregory who retired at the end of August. Gregory was honored at the August LSCS Board of Trustees meeting for facilitating the centralization the LSC Police Department, overseeing the creation of the 24/7 dispatch system, enhancing all training, policies and procedures, and helping the department grow from 90 to 157 officers.

The primary mission of the LSC Police Department, with more than 150 commissioned police officers, is to ensure the safety and security of LSC students and staff, as well as college property. The LSC Police Department also provides a full range of police services across all LSC campuses, including safety escorts and motorist assists.

Chief Paul Willingham has been named chief of police for Lone Star College.

Lone Star College has been opening doors to a better community for more than 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSC remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with almost 83,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 95,000, Lone Star College is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the nation. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., is the chancellor of LSC, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, seven centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visitLoneStar.edu