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ACU hires Frisco lieutenant Jason Ellis as police chief

Abilene Christian University hired Jason Ellis, a lieutenant with the Frisco, Texas, Police Department, as its new chief of police. Ellis will begin at ACU in July.

“We were impressed with his leadership, innovative ideas, and how quickly he built a strong rapport with those he interacted with,” said Kevin Campbell, senior vice president for operations.  “Jason lives and believes in our mission and culture.”

Ellis is a 1998 graduate of ACU and also holds a master’s degree in dispute resolution from Southern Methodist University. He’s worked with the Frisco Police Department for most of his 23 years in law enforcement with more than 16 of those years in management and leadership roles.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Frisco and would have never considered leaving except for the amazing opportunity to return to ACU, where my wife and I both graduated,” Ellis said. “I look forward to partnering with and investing in the future leaders of the world. I hope to bring continuity to a department that already has a great reputation. I want the faculty, students and parents at ACU to see our genuine affection for the students.”

During his time as lieutenant, Ellis led the Peer Support Group, an innovative way to support the mental wellbeing of officers. He also previously served as supervisor of the School Resource Officer program for Frisco ISD and as lead ethics instructor for new recruits and employees.

— Wendy Kilmer

May 17, 2021

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