Welcome to our new Director of Campus Safety and Emergency Management, Bill Melton ‘88. A fixture in the Gaston County community and a Belmont Abbey College alum, Melton rejoins our campus to lead our safety and emergency management areas. Melton retired with 30 years of experience in law enforcement much of it in the Gaston County Police Department plus two years at Mecklenburg County. He brings a wealth of experience to a crucial role for our college. An expert in investigations, Melton has served in his community as a patrol officer, supervisor and commander throughout his career.
Most recently he was Commander of Support Services Section for the Gaston County Police Department overseeing recruitment for police officers, the 911 Center and Animal Control as well as the Employee Development and Training Unit. In that role he also oversaw the Education Services Unit which provided full-time school resource officers to all 9 public high schools, an alternative school, a charter school and part-time officers in 4 middle school and 7 elementary schools in Gaston County. In addition Bill is a Firefighter, Emergency Medical Technician and fourth degree Knight of Columbus.
“I am thrilled to be back at the Abbey. I am here because I love the Abbey, I love the mission of the college and I want to give back to the college that gave me so much, “said Melton.
Melton’s first hire is our new Chief of Police, Andy Leonard. Leonard has 29 years of experience in law enforcement, security and investigation including working as an adjunct professor in Criminal Justice for Pfeiffer University-Charlotte. Most recently Leonard served with the Belmont Police Department as a contract Commander. He has also served as Vice President of Operations for Universal Monitoring an alarm monitoring operation center. He holds a Master’s of Science in Criminal Justice and has more than 3500 hours of training to his credit in the field.
“The safety of our campus for our students is my utmost concern,” said Leonard, “We’re already working on ways to ensure our emergency management is top notch and that we have the best, most efficient ways of notifying our community of issues, and making sure every day our students are safe.”
Both Melton and Leonard started on March 2.
Makiem Miller our previous Chief of Police has decided to move back to Connecticut. We wish him well and thank him for his service.
Please welcome both of these great new hires to our community!