AVP for Administration & Chief of Police
Bruce Harber is a 1991 graduate of the University of Memphis with a Bachelor of Professional
Studies Degree, and in 2014 he received a Master's degree in Strategic Leadership
from the university. He is a 1997 graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy (190th Session)
and has been a State-certified police officer since 1976. He began working for the
University in January 2000 as the Associate Director of Public Safety and was appointed
Director in January 2002. In 2014, Bruce became the Assistant Vice President for Administration
and Chief of Police. Prior to joining the University, Bruce was a Major with the Memphis
Police Department where he served for more than 25 years in various assignments.
In 2004, he served as the President of the Memphis Metropolitan Association of Chiefs
of Police (MMACP). The MMACP's membership consists of local, state, and federal law
enforcement agency leaders from throughout the Memphis area, and exists to enhance
inter-agency communication and cooperation. Bruce is also a member of the Tennessee
Association of Chiefs of Police (TACP) and serves on the TACP's Education Committee,
which consists of all public and private campus police agencies in the state.
Assistant Chief & Director of Police Operations
Derek Myers is a 1992 graduate of the University of Memphis with a Bachelor of Arts
degree in Criminal Justice. He is a 1998 graduate of the University of Louisville’s
Southern Police Institute, Administrative Officers Course (100th Session). He has
been trained to provide dignitary protective services by the United States Secret
Service. Derek began working at the University in February 1993 as an officer and
completed his training at the Memphis Police Department’s 5th Regional Basic Recruit
Class. He was promoted to Lieutenant in February 1998, and in March of 2002, he was
appointed as Deputy Director. As a member of the Memphis Metropolitan Association
of Chiefs of Police (MMACP), Derek served as the organization’s president in 2010.
Derek is also a member of the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police (TACP). In
2014, Derek was named Assistant Chief and Director of Police Operations, a position
in which he is responsible for finances, personnel, and operations for the Memphis/Shelby
County locations and the Lambuth Campus in Jackson. Additionally, Derek is responsible
for the Annual Security and Fire Report published every October.
In 1985, Ray Craft received a scholarship to play football at the University of Memphis
(then Memphis State University). He graduated from the university in 1990 with a Bachelor
of Arts degree in Criminal Justice. That same year, he began his law enforcement career
as a police officer at the university. In 1996, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant/shift
commander. In 1998, Ray graduated from the Southern Police Institute Administrative
Officers Course, an advanced education and training institute for the professional
development of future law enforcement leaders. Ray has been trained by the United
States Secret Service to provide dignitary protective services. In 2002, Ray was promoted
to the administrative Major’s position, and in 2014, he ascended to the rank of Colonel.
In his current assignment, Colonel Craft is responsible for all uniform patrol and
dispatch operations, the Tiger Escort program, contract security services, and special
events. In 2013, when his son Sam Craft scored a touchdown for the Tigers, Ray and
Sam became the first father-and-son duo in university football history to both score
touchdowns for the Tigers!
Billy Garrett, Jr.
Billy Garrett, Jr., is a 1982 graduate of the university with a Bachelor of Arts degree
in Criminal Justice. Billy joined the Memphis Police Department (MPD) in 1978 as a
jailer, and retired in 2010 as a Colonel, having served in numerous assignments. Throughout
his career, Billy worked with citizens and businesses to address community issues.
After retiring, Billy spent two years in private security where he continued to work
with business leaders and law enforcement through the Business Interest Group (B.I.G.).
Billy joined the university in 2012 as a Major and the police commander at Lambuth.
In 2014, Billy was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and is responsible for all police
and security operations at Lambuth, serves as the Parking Services liaison, and is
the crisis management coordinator for Lambuth. Billy has served on the board of CrimeStoppers,
on the MPD Fallen Officer Memorial committee, and in 2012 was named by MPD Director
Toney Armstrong as a special consultant to the MPD and the city. Billy and his family
are loyal Tiger fans and support them as season ticket holders.
Kevin Langellier came to the University of Memphis in 2006 after a career with the
Memphis Police Department (MPD). Kevin joined the MPD in 1978, and spent twenty-eight
years in various assignments, including uniform patrol and investigative bureaus.
He retired from the MPD as a major in charge of the Entertainment District Unit (EDU),
which was responsible for all police operations in the Beale Street area. Kevin graduated
from Western Illinois University in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Law
Enforcement Administration, and he attained his M.B.A. in 2006 from Christian Brothers
University, with an emphasis in Public Administration. Kevin’s responsibilities at
the university include directing and supervising investigations, and coordinating
crime prevention and CPTED (Crime Prevention through Environmental Design) programs.
In 2014, Kevin assumed responsibility for the university’s crisis management and disaster
preparedness program for the main campus and all Shelby County locations. Kevin’s
role is to ensure that the university is prepared for any type of disaster, natural
or man-made. Kevin has also been trained by the United States Secret Service to provide