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Auburn University's Department of Campus Safety and Security Associate Director Susan McCallister graduated from the second annual Alabama Public Safety Leadership Academy on Friday, May 19. Also graduating was Rita Smith, public information officer of the Lee County Emergency Management Agency, or EMA.

The Department of Campus Safety and Security and the Lee County EMA routinely work together to create training exercises, test emergency sirens around campus and act as backups for each other in times of crisis.

The academy was created in 2015 through a joint effort of the Alabama Fire College, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and Alabama Emergency Management Agency. The academy helps provide information and training for current and future public safety leaders across Alabama.

The nine-month interdisciplinary experience covered topics such as public finance/budgeting, communications/media relations, ethics, coordination of major events, human resource management, legislative process/governmental affairs and strategic management. Courses were held once a month in different locations throughout the state, including the Auburn University campus, in an effort to expose participants to leaders in the field and showcase innovative programs.

Each graduate received a proclamation from Gov. Kay Ivey and a numbered challenge coin. Campus Safety and Security Interim Executive Director Chance Corbett graduated from the inaugural academy class in 2016.