SWU graduate named Clemson University Police Chief
Clemson University named Jami Brothers as chief of police after a national search to fill the post vacated by Eric Hendricks, who retired in December.
A 1996 Southern Wesleyan University Psychology graduate, Brothers has more than 20 years of law enforcement experience, 10 of which have been with Clemson University Police Department. She also earned her Master of Science degree in Criminology from Indiana State.
Brothers is assuming the role of leadership for a law enforcement agency that is growing as the university it serves continues to grow and new on-campus housing continues to develop. Brothers notes that her department, now staffed with 33 officers, plans to add eight positions over the next year.
“We serve a diverse community and it’s really a great place to work,” Brothers said.
A desire to serve others drew Brothers into the law enforcement field after she graduated from Southern Wesleyan. She says of serving, “that’s my spiritual gift. I feel it’s just a natural fit for me.” Brothers initially joined the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, first as a dispatcher, then moving into roles that included deputy sheriff and then investigator of property crimes and crimes against children.
When she arrived at CUPD, Brothers worked as a patrol officer, then was promoted to lieutenant. After her promotion, she moved into leadership roles related to hiring, training and compliance.
Brothers entered Southern Wesleyan after taking university transfer courses from Tri County Technical College in her hometown of Pendleton.
“I didn’t apply anywhere else because that was what I was looking for at the time,” Brothers said. She chose Southern Wesleyan, a faith-filled community of faculty who cared about her needs.
“I learned a lot within the psychology field. That was back in the days of (SWU Psychology professor) P.B. Wood. He was really just so interesting and could tell real-life stories of working in that field.” Brothers also says because she has a love for the Scriptures, she learned a lot from her religion classes, including Dr. Brad Fipps’ Greek class.
Others in Brothers’ family enrolled at Southern Wesleyan, including her brother, Danny Brothers, who graduated from the adult evening program, and her niece, Callie Brothers, who graduated in May of 2016.
Southern Wesleyan University is a Christ-centered, student-focused learning community devoted to transforming lives by challenging students to be dedicated scholars and servant-leaders who impact the world for Christ. For details about degree programs, go online to swu.edu.