CVCC Hires New Chief of Campus Police

LYNCHBURG, VA – Officials at Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) have announced the hiring of William D. Wilkerson as its new Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety.

About his new job, Chief Wilkerson said, “I am grateful to be accepted into the CVCC community.  I intend to be a leader who serves and leads the way to a safer community.” He added, “I plan to create a police department that is integrated with the community, but is also able to perform its primary function in protecting the CVCC community.” 

Wilkerson has replaced CVCC’s previous Chief of Police, Russell Dove, who worked at CVCC from 2013 to 2020.

Prior to being hired at CVCC, Chief Wilkerson served as Chief of Police at Blue Ridge Community College from 2018 to 2021, and as a Community Police Officer at Virginia Commonwealth University from 2003 to 2018. 

Chief Wilkerson holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Sociology Criminal Justice, and a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Exercise Science with graduate work in Kinesiology and Health Science. 

Other notable certifications and specialized training include:

•    Certified Campus Protection Officer,
NACSA, September 2020

•    Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE), 
Texas State University, March 2019

•    Campus Security Officer Instructor,
Department of Criminal Justice Services, March 2019

•    Tactical Communications for Campus Safety, 
NACSA, August 2019

Specialized Training
•    Executive Leadership Elite Think Tank (Dove Development and Consulting), January 2020 – December 2020
•    Organizational Leadership, FBI-Law Enforcement Executive Development Association
•    (LEEDA) Executive Leadership Institute, October 2020
•    Organizational Leadership, FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association
•    (LEEDA) Command Institute, August 2020
•    Basic Disaster Life Support (NDLSF), December 2019
•    Emerging Leader Development (Dove Development and Consulting), November 2019
•    Managing Critical Incidents at Institutions of Higher Education (MGT 361), April 2019
•    Civilian Response to Active Shooter Event (Train the Trainer), March 2019
•    Excelling as a Manager or Supervisor, February 2019
•    Patrol Rifle Operator Course, November 2018
•    American Heart Association CPR and BLS Certified Instructor, September 2011
•    Advance Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training, December 2008
•    IMPACT Supervisory Training, April 2006
•    Communication Analysis, March 2005
•    Field Training Officer, February 2005
•    USAF Threat Response Driving Seminar, May 2002

•    Masters of Science in Kinesiology and Health Sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA, May 2015
•    Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA, August 2012
•    Bachelor of Arts in Sociology major in Criminal Justice, Hampton University
Hampton, VA, May 1989

The CVCC Campus Police department is committed to providing public safety services to CVCC students, faculty and staff, and performing these duties with efficiency, professionalism, and integrity in all matters.