After 47 years in law enforcement, 22 of those years at Belmont, Chief of Campus Security Terry White will retire this December.
“I’m retiring because it is time,” White said. “I’m 63 years old. My wife is already retired, and we would like to travel, spend time with our family, explore and enjoy the rest of our lives together. It’s something I’ve been thinking about doing for a few months now, and I think now is the right time to go ahead and do it.”
White began his career in law enforcement at 15 years old as a dispatcher for the Gainesville Police Department in Gainesville, Ga. He worked his way up the ladder to become a lieutenant.
After retiring from the Gainesville Police Department at 41, White moved to Nashville and became a part-time employee of Belmont as a campus shuttle bus driver. From there, he became a part-time campus security officer. And then, in 1997, he became chief of Campus Security.
“I know we are all certainly going to miss Terry here,” Assistant Chief Mike Pruitt said. “We’re going to miss his experience, his expertise and certainly his friendship.”
As an alumnus of the FBI Academy and with 15 years of service as the chief of Campus Security at Belmont, in addition to his nearly 50 years in law enforcement, White will retire with distinguished pride and honor in the career he has made for himself.
“Belmont University is and will always be a very special place to me. I love my job. I love my work environment. I love the people I work with and the friendships I’ve made throughout the years. I even met my wife here at Belmont,” White said. “I will certainly miss it here, but I am very excited to start this new chapter in my life and can’t wait to see where it takes me.”