Lieutenant Colonel (Retired)
Haywood M. Bazemore, Director
Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Haywood M. Bazemore retired from active military service after serving 22 years. He returned to Columbia, South Carolina, from his last duty station In Huntsville, Alabama, where he served as the Chief, Communications/Visual Information Division, Assistant Chief of Staff, Information Management, United Stares Army Space and Strategic Defense Command.
A Norfolk, Virginia native, he graduated a distinguished military graduate from Norfolk State University in 1973 with a degree in Industrial Education Technology and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Army Signal Corps. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Human Resource Management from Golden Gate University, San Francisco, California. He is a graduate of the Army's Command and General Staff College.
Chief Bazemore, as he is respectfully addressed around the campus of Benedict College, has held a wide variety of Commands and Staff assignments during his long career. Early assignments during his 22-year Army career included Battalion Communications Officer, 1/10th Infantry Battalion, Platoon Leader Charlie Company 124th Signal Battalion, Fort Carson, Colorado; Battalion Operations Officer, 26th Signal Battalion and Commander Charlie Company 26th Signal Battalion, Heibronn, West Germany. He served successive tours as Battalion Executive Officer, 122nd Signal Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Casey South Korea, Battalion Executive Officer 277th Quartermaster Battalion and tours in the South East Asia Pacific Regions and Saudi Arabia. Additionally, he served as Assistant Professor, Military Science at Furman University with duty at Benedict College, Columbia, South Carolina.
In year 2000, Chief Haywood Bazemore was hired at Benedict College as the Deputy Director of the Department of Campus Police. As second in command for the Department of Campus Police, the staff, faculty and student's at Benedict College recognized his tenacious efforts to ensure the safety of students and maintain order in and around the campus. On November 1, 2001, Deputy Chief Bazemore assumed the acting Chief position, performing both command position responsibilities. It was obvious that through out the years he had excelled at many things. Subsequently, in February, 2003, Dr. David H. Swinton, President of Benedict College announced the appointment of Mr. Haywood M. Bazemore as Chief of Benedict College's Campus Police Department.
Since assuming the Chief's position at Benedict College, Chief Bazemore has successfully completed the Chiefs School Training through the South Carolina Department of Criminal Justice Academy Division and Certified Law Enforcement requirements. Chief Bazemore has been appointed and Commissioned as a State Constable by the Governor and Commander-In-Chief for the State of South Carolina.
Chief Bazemore believes in the words as spoken by George L. Skypeck:
"I was that which others did not want to be.
I went where others feared to go, and did
what others failed to do.
I asked nothing from those who gave nothing,
and reluctantly accepted the thought of
eternal loneliness should I fail.
I have seen the face of terror; felt the stinging
cold of fear; and enjoyed the sweet taste
of a moment's love.
I have cried, pained, and hoped but most of
all, I have lived times others would say
were best forgotten.
At least someday I will be able to say that I
Was proud of what I was a soldier,
Chief Bazemore is the proud parent of two children and three grandchildren.