Meet a General: Chuck Hubbard When he isn't looking out for the safety of the W&L community as assistant director of Public Safety, Chuck Hubbard enjoys gardening, remodeling and outdoor music festivals.
“I love working with students and watching their growth from first year to becoming seniors at Washington and Lee. I appreciate the kindness and appreciation that so many students show each day.”
~ Chuck Hubbard
Q: Where did you grow up?
Natural Bridge area, small striving community, everyone looked out for each other. Hard work and making progress in life was valued by the community. I experienced a lot of positive influences.
Q: How long have you worked at Washington and Lee?
Q: What does your job as assistant director of Public Safety entail?
I provide leadership and oversight of the day-to-day operations of the Public Safety Department, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. I create department operations plans for campus events including athletics, move-in days, Commencement and others, small and large, as well as other duties assigned. This is just a highlight of some of my job responsibilities.
Q: What do you like best about working at W&L?
I love working with students and watching their growth from first year to becoming seniors at Washington and Lee. I appreciate the kindness and appreciation that so many students show each day. Having the opportunity to interact with them each day is personally rewarding, and I enjoy looking out for students’ safety and well-being.
Q: Is there anything about your job or department that you wish more people in the W&L community knew?
The hard work that so many of our team members perform each day, 24/7/365 days. In the 2019-2020 academic year, these are some of the stats concerning service that we provided:
- Unlocks and locks (5,760)
- Transports (1,045)
- Fire system alarm/troubles (630)
- Building/parking lot checks (28,288)
- Direct patrol (2,605)
- Foot patrol (2,611)
There are so many other services that we provide that are not included.
Q: What are some things most people don’t know about you?
Every year, upon the arrival of the first-year students, I adopt each and every one of them. My mindset is always “those are my new students.” Sometimes during move-ins, when I notice parents struggling with separation from their child, my words to them are “your child is our child.”
Q: What is your favorite spot on campus? Why?
The Colonnade. The view is beautiful, especially early morning during sunrise. Seeing students out on the Front Lawn in groups studying or just chatting makes the university come alive. The Colonnade provides a perfect background for graduation. Every day, I appreciate the beauty of the Colonnade area.
Q: What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not working?
Just getting out working in the yard, gardening, remodeling projects, enjoying good conversations with friends and family. I love attending outdoor music festivals (before COVID-19) and spending time with my two granddaughters.
Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you build your dream home? Why?
I would love to travel in a RV and tour different areas of interest in the U.S., finding interesting things to learn about different states, traveling with no time frame, just enjoying every minute.
Q: What is the best book or film you’ve read or watched recently?
One of the best books I have read many times is “Pushing Up People” by Art Williams. I like watching the National Geographic, Discovery, The Learning Channel and History Channel, and I enjoy a good comedy show or movie.
Q: What is your favorite kind of music or musical artist?
R&B, 70s, 80s and 90s. Blues and Zydeco. Favorite artists, too many to list, but favorite guitarists are Buddy Guy, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Stevie Ray Vaugh, Eric Gales and Joe Bonamassa
Q: What is your desert island food?
No real favorite, just like a variety of good food. I could eat ice cream at least twice a day, but it is not a part of my diet anymore.
Q: Favorite quote or saying?
“Don’t catch the disease of ‘self-ness.'”
“Do what it takes, and a little bit more.”
“All you can do is all you can do.”
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