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Distinguished Alumnus 2016 Award Recipient Chuck Gilliland

Distinguished Alumnus 2016 Award Recipient

Chuck Gilliland

Chuck Gilliland graduated in 1990 with his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Tarleton State University. As a student, Chuck was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, Purple Poo and the “Toro Team.”After graduating, Chuck worked for the Dallas Police Department from 1990 to 1992. Chuck then went to work as a firefighter with the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Department of Public Safety. In 1994, Chuck returned to law enforcement, where his cross training as a firefighter, EMT and police officer served him well. He was promoted to sergeant in 2001 and is still on the force of one of the most unique law enforcement agencies in the United States. In addition to upholding the law in three counties.

Chuck serves as an elder in his local church, is a member of the Gideons International Group (Stephenville Camp), serves as president of the DFW Chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers (2008-present) and serves on the National Board of Directors for the Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers (2008-present). Chuck has published two books—The Gospel of Matthew Through the Eyes of a Cop and The Book of Proverbs Through the Eyes of a Cop. Chuck’s family has a rich history with Tarleton—his parents attended Tarleton in the 1960s and his wife, Angie, is also a Tarleton graduate. Chuck gives back to Tarleton by attending criminal justice classes as a guest speaker where he shares practical points and stories that keep the students on the edge of their seats. He also attends the Richard Shigley Criminal Justice Career Day as a recruiter for the DFW Airport Police Department. As a result, the DFW Airport Police Department has hired several Tarleton graduates since Chuck first began working there.