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Milton Franklin to Join Bridgewater College as Chief of Police

September 27, 2016 | VACP

BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Following an extensive national search, Bridgewater College has selected Milton Franklin to join the College as Chief of Police and Director of Campus Safety and Emergency Management.

Franklin, who comes to Bridgewater with an extensive background in higher education law enforcement and emergency management, will begin on October 3, 2016. He is currently Police Administrative Lieutenant, Emergency Management Coordinator and Accreditation Manager for the J. Sargent Reynolds Community College Police Department.

“We have selected a great next leader of our Campus Police Department,” said Bridgewater College Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students Dr. Leslie Frere. “Chief Franklin’s blend of sincere care and compassion for our community along with his experience and skill in emergency situations makes him the ideal selection for our next Chief of Police.”

“I have dedicated my career to protecting college campuses," said Franklin.  "I am honored to have the opportunity to lead and work with the dedicated members of the Bridgewater College community in protecting and serving Bridgewater.”

Prior to joining J. Sargent Reynolds, Franklin worked in law enforcement at Virginia Commonwealth University, Old Dominion University and Virginia Tech as well as with various local police departments.  He has a B.S. from Virginia Tech and a graduate certificate in criminal justice education from University of Virginia. Franklin is a graduate of the esteemed FBI National Academy in Quantico and is currently completing his M.A. in homeland security from American Military University.

Bridgewater College is a private, four-year liberal arts college located in the Central Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Founded in 1880, it was the state's first private, coeducational college. Today, Bridgewater College is home to nearly 1,900 undergraduate students.


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