Meet the Chief


Lue Ida Walls-Upchurch, Th.D., MALS, MRA, serves as the chief of police and the director of parking authority for the University Of Tennessee Health Science Center, a duty that she has performed since 1997. Prior to being named chief, Walls-Upchurch held numerous positions within the campus police department. She began her career at the UT Health Science Center in May 1983.

It was also in 1983 that Walls-Upchurch graduated from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Academy and became a state-certified police officer. She served as a patrol officer with the Shelby County Deputy Sheriff’s Reserve for approximately six years, while working as a patrol officer with UTHSC.

In addition to her police training, Walls-Upchurch earned a Bachelor of Professional Studies Degree in police administration from the University of Memphis in 1997. She is also a graduate of Jacksonville Theological Seminary and the University Of Memphis Graduate School. Walls-Upchurch has completed a master’s degree in Religious Arts in Christian Psychology, a master’s degree in Liberal Studies and a Doctor of Theology Degree with a concentration in Christian leadership.

She is currently a member of the Memphis Metropolitan Association of Chiefs of Police (MMACP). The MMACP's membership consists of local, state and federal law enforcement agency leaders throughout the Memphis area, and exists to enhance inter-agency communication and cooperation.

Additional professional organizations of which she is a member include: the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators. Walls-Upchurch also serves on various committees in religious organizations and is a founding member of Youth Reach Ministries.