Robert Church

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Director of Emergency Management

Northern Arizona University

Robert’s more than twenty-five years' career in public safety has been diverse and interesting, filled with a multitude of challenges and experiences.  He started as a correctional officer with the state of Arizona serving for five years, while simultaneously serving in the Navy Reserve as a military police officer for twelve years.  Robert became an Arizona certified police officer and served for 15 years in that capacity.  During that time, he served as a school resource officer.  Recognized by the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education for having a model SRO program, he accepted an invitation to become an adjunct instructor for the Foundation, teaching others the best practices of the school resource officer program, as well as assisting with the CSI Arizona and We the People programs.  

Discovering his enjoyment for teaching others, Robert became a certified teacher earning his Arizona K-12 Career and Technical Education teaching certificate.  He accepted an adjunct position with Yavapai College teaching administration of justice courses.  Upon completion of a master’s degree in emergency management, he began teaching in that occupational field for Yavapai College and accepted a position as an adjunct instructor for the Northern Arizona University’s emergency management program as well. 

Robert hung up his uniforms, badge, and gun belt; then returned to the Arizona Department of Corrections where he served as the emergency preparedness administrator for five years.  He now serves as the Director of Emergency Management at Northern Arizona University.  Robert also applies his emergency management knowledge and capabilities as a volunteer leader with Team Rubicon, a non-profit volunteer group which helps communities begin the recovery process following a localized disaster.