Blackwood LEMIT Center

Blackwood LEMIT Center
1600 Bobby K Marks Drive
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Jun. 10, 1999 Groundbreaking
Nov. 2, 2000 Building dedicated


Bill Blackwood


Molina Walker Architects, Inc.


Beck-Ford Construction, Inc.


Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas
Blackwood LEMIT Center

An aerial photo from the mid-1980s of the U-shaped CJ Center and adjoining University Hotel. At the northeast corner is where LEMIT would be constructed fifteen years later.

Blackwood LEMIT Center

Looking up the front of the building in some attempt at artsy photography.

Blackwood LEMIT Center

The dedication plaque outside the front entrance to the LEMIT center.

The Blackwood LEMIT Center is located at the northeast corner of campus at the intersection of Bearkat Boulevard and Bobby K. Marks Drive. It is located on property that was formerly used as a parking lot and is connected by enclosed footbridge to the University Hotel.

The Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas was created in 1987 by the 70th Texas Legislature to develop the administrative and executive skills of current and future law enforcement officials. In September 1993, the Texas Legislature placed LEMIT under the control of SHSU and moved the headquarters to Huntsville; at this time the institute was renamed in honor of State Representative Bill Blackwood.

The 75th Texas Legislature (1997) called for the creation of a LEMIT headquarters in Huntsville; construction began in 1999 on a 38,000 square foot three-story building to house classrooms, meeting rooms, and offices in conjunction with the Criminal Justice Center.

In 2013 the Texas Department of Criminal Justice donated 78 acres of land to SHSU along Highway 75 north of campus. Initial plans for Innovation Plaza are to build a criminal justice complex with structures for the Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas, the Correctional Management Institute of Texas, and a training facility for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

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