In Memoriam: Lenard Wells, 1950-2020

Lenard Wells, an instructor in criminal justice at the University of Memphis died late last month from complications relating to the COVID-19 virus in a hospital in Milwaukee. Dr Wells was visiting family in Wisconsin when he experienced shortness of breath and was admitted to the hospital. He was 69 years old.

Dr. Wells began teaching at the University of Memphis in 2013. Before coming to Memphis, he was appointed by the governor to serve as the Parole Board Chief in Wisconsin. He also served as a lieutenant with the Milwaukee Police Department for 27 years.

Dr. Wells graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He continued his graduate education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and earned a master of public administration degree. He obtained a Ph.D. in leadership, learning, and service from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee.

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