Travis Bailey Named Chief of LMU Campus Police and Security

Campus Police and Security

Travis BaileyLincoln Memorial University (LMU) President Clayton Hess has named Assistant Chief of Police Travis Bailey as the new Chief of LMU Police and Security.

Bailey’s appointment is effective immediately, as Bailey is promoted to lead the department after the untimely loss of Chief Christopher King, who passed away in December after two months of being at the helm of the nationally recognized department. Bailey has been a part of the LMU Police and Security department since 2008, charting a course from part-time officer up to department leadership. In the assistant chief role, he worked closely with King, coordinating communication and processes between LMU’s off campus learning sites and community organizations. Additionally, he was responsible for employee development, constituent relations, enlistment, leadership, training, performance evaluation, mentorship and regulatory compliance.

A lifetime resident of the region, Bailey graduated from Powell Valley High School and attended Walters State Community College. He served as in infantryman in the Kentucky Army National Guard from 2003 to 2014. A Tennessee POST Certified Training Officer, Bailey has completed numerous law enforcement training certifications and has served as a reserve officer for the Lee County, Virginia, Sheriff’s Department.

“The LMU community continues to mourn the loss of Chief Christopher King. He has left big shoes to fill, but it is a testament to the team that he helped build that we have found his successor within the department.” Dr. Hess said. “Travis Bailey has been a part of the LMU community for over a decade. He knows our campus and our students and has continually sought to build on his skills and experience. I am confident that Travis will work to keep the LMU community safe and secure every day.”

In his new role, Bailey will oversee the LMU Police and Security Department which includes a full-time staff of approximately 26 personnel including POST-certified police officers, armed security guards, unarmed security guards, dispatchers and administrative staff. He also will continue to work closely with the contract security agency that serves LMU’s nine off campus learning sites.

The University remains committed to the continual assessment of safety risks through the Critical Incident Response Team, the Threat Assessment Team and the LMU Campus Police and Security and Department by continuing efforts to collaborate with local law enforcement agencies. The department has maintained a memorandum of understanding with the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Department since LMU transitioned away from simple security services to a police force with POST-certified officers supported by extensively trained dispatch staff in 2012. LMU maintains an emergency alert system through the app LiveSafe, an emergency siren to alert the community of public safety or weather-related emergencies, promotes a University-wide “See Something, Say Something” campaign and conducts training and educational programs for the university community throughout the year.

Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies.  The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or e-mail at

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