Q&A with Campus Public Safety Director Rebecca Chiles

Black SUV with words "public safety" painted on it

We had the opportunity to talk with Rebecca Chiles, director of WOU’s Campus Public Safety (CPS) department, about her role on campus and what she enjoys about working on campus.

Can you describe your current position? 

I’m director of Campus Public Safety, which encompasses environmental and occupational health and safety, parking services and emergency management.


What is an average day for you like? 

An average day for me is filled with meetings, collaboration with others both on and off campus, reviewing reports, supervising staff, and working on projects and tasks.


How long have you been at WOU?

5 years [as of] February 2 of this year.


Why did you choose to work at WOU?

On paper, it looked like a fantastic place to work and to live. Once I came for the on-campus interview, those thoughts were solidified. People were nice, the university was very supportive of students, the faculty and staff were engaging, and the employees of CPS (students and staff) were open and welcoming to me.


Do you have a favorite anecdote from your time at WOU?

There are many funny stories about my Louisiana accent and the issues it has caused more than once.


What are you looking forward to during your time at WOU? 

Continuing to support the mission of our university. I am an extrovert, so building relationships is something I also look forward to.  


Favorite place to grab lunch or coffee?

The Press for coffee.

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