April 15, 2019Robert Church started as NAU’s new director of emergency management in March. Church, who spent 12 years as a police officer and most recently was the emergency manager for the Arizona Department of Corrections, has a master’s degree in disaster preparedness and crisis management leadership from Grand Canyon University.Church has experience as a first responder, incident management team member and emergency operations center member. With this experience, he can help both the NAU and Flagstaff communities to prepare, respond and recover from emergencies and disasters.His certifications and trainings include Certified Emergency Manager, Master Exercise Practitioner, Emergency Management Advanced Professional Series, All-Hazards Communications Unit Leader, L-305 All-Hazards Incident Management Team and Risk Analysis and Infrastructure Protection Specialist.Church’s honors and awards include:Arizona Department of Corrections: Director’s Renegotiation AwardArizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education: School Resource Officer Model Site AwardArizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education: Adjunct Faculty of the Month AwardYavapai College Small Business Development Center: Small Business Achievement AwardTown of Clarkdale: A.C.E. Award for accomplishments in the Test, Training and Exercise CoordinatorU.S. Navy Reserve Outstanding Volunteer Service Model; Submarine Base San Diego Reserve Bluejacket of the Quarter; Strike Fighter Squadron 305 Reserve Plane Captain of the QuarterIn his new role, Church will be in charge of several duties including updating the NAU emergency plan, training others for emergency management, work with the Emergency Management Advisory Group and assist departments to establish an emergency plan.