May 29, 2014
In less than one week, interim Chief of Police Craig Wiesepape will continue a longstanding family tradition of service at Blinn College.
On June 1, the nine-year veteran of the Blinn College Police Department will assume the duties of chief of police, just as his father, James Wiesepape, did more than 20 years ago.
“I’m excited to be given the chance. My father always spoke highly of Blinn,” Wiesepape said of his father who worked for the department from 1968 to 1994. “Becoming chief is something I’ve always wanted and I’m humbled that I can continue to serve the student body, faculty and staff at Blinn College.”
Wiesepape began his law enforcement career in 1988 as a reserve officer for the Navasota Police Department. He became a full-time officer in 1990 and quickly climbed the ranks to sergeant in 1996, then lieutenant in 1998.
During his tenure with the Navasota Police Department, Wiesepape was honored with six letters of commendation from various state and municipal law enforcement agencies. He was awarded officer of the year in 1993 and 1997, and employee of the year in 2001.
In September 2005, Wiesepape joined the Blinn College Police Department as an investigator, earning the designation of Master Peace Officer from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) in February 2008. He was promoted to captain in September of that year.
He became interim chief of police Jan. 1.
“Craig has been a steadying presence on the Blinn College police force for many years,” said Dr. Dennis K. Crowson, Vice President of Student Services. “He is well-respected both within the Blinn family as well as the community. For the past six months as interim chief he has done an outstanding job of bringing the Blinn police force together. I congratulate Chief Wiesepape and look forward to working with him in this role.”
During his term as interim chief of police, Wiesepape implemented the Prevention Education Program, a series of 15 unique information sessions that heighten students’ personal and campus safety awareness with topics ranging from identity theft to dating violence.
“I’m excited to work with students, faculty and staff to continue the program,” Wiesepape said. “We want everyone on campus to be alert and aware with the most up-to-date programs for the safest campus environment possible.”
Blinn enrolled 18,413 students this Fall and has experienced 31.1 percent growth since 2006. Founded in 1883, the College’s tuition and fees average about one-third the cost of the same classes at most four-year public universities in the state. In addition to its campuses in Brenham, Bryan, Schulenburg and Sealy, the College teaches online courses, dual credit for high school and prepares students for quick employment through its career and technical certification programs.
Registration is currently open for Blinn’s Summer I, Summer II and Fall semesters. For enrollment information and to learn about financial aid opportunities, visit: www.blinn.edu.