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Chance D. Corbett

Interim Executive Director

Day Job:

Having the opportunity to serve as an Association Director for eight years and now as the Executive Director for the Department of Campus Safety & Security has been very rewarding. Each day brings new challenges and every action we take can directly affect the safety of our campus. Our department is changing every day and we have some great people that work for Auburn University across campus. Teamwork is a vital part of what we do every day.

Working closely with the City of Auburn Police and Fire Divisions is also a very important part of my job. I interact daily with the police and fire divisions’ leadership and our relationships help ensure we provide first class service to our campus community. As I have said many times regarding emergency preparedness, if we do the job right, most people will never know we did it. We strive to do the very best that we can do for our students, employees and visitors.

Favorite Auburn Experience:

There are many.  Obviously, as a lifelong Auburn fan, athletic events come to mind first. I grew up going to games in Jordan-Hare Stadium. The 2013 season comes quickly to mind which included the back to two plays that included the unbelievable catch against UGA and then the one second run back against Alabama in the Iron Bowl. I grew up going to the Iron Bowl in Birmingham and remember sitting in my seat at a young age while the teams played right through a tornado warning. With that said, I would have to say that my favorite Auburn experience would have to be the relationships that I have been a part of building. Safety is important to most people and although it hasn’t always been easy, there have been many people in different departments on campus that have really been there to help us push forward our mission. Without these relationships our job would be near impossible. 

Finding those on campus that are professional and ready to respond is important. Facilities, OCM and OIT are three that rise to the top because without their support and unwavering commitment to the safety of this campus, my job would be nearly impossible to do. There were also a couple of close relationships that I had with Auburn Police and Fire Divisions that helped me make my final decision to come to Auburn University. Although a couple of these great friends and leaders have since retired and one has even passed away, I am proud to say that each day I get to work closely with those which they helped mentor and train. I get to do all of this while working for the best employer for which one could ever ask.

Interests:

I am interested in whatever my family is interested in. As I was growing up, I put work and school first. Since starting a family, I find myself just doing everything I can to make their lives great.

I do enjoy golf but I can’t remember the last time I played. My goal every month is to try to fit a game in.

Over the past few years I have enjoyed playing church league softball and I think it is amazing in the times we live in that you can find so many people that can come together one or two nights a week and not curse or fight while having a great time playing competitive sports. I do miss every day being on the streets with the sheriff’s department, and I know that one day when I retire or leave the university, I will probably jump right back into the world of being active in law enforcement and riding around in a patrol car. They say you can’t get it out of your blood, and they are right.

Chance and his family and coworkers posing for pictures.

Last updated: 08/07/2017