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UGA creates two committees to examine emergency preparedness

UGA creates two committees to examine emergency preparedness

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia has formed two committees to recommend ways the university can prevent or-if necessary-deal with emergencies or situations that may threaten the safety of students, faculty and staff.

University President Michael F. Adams announced last month that the committees would be formed as a response to the April 16 shootings at Virginia Tech University. Adams said the committees will examine UGA “plans, protocols, procedures and infrastructure” as they relate to emergency preparedness and to psychological services on campus.

Adams assigned Tim Burgess, senior vice president for finance and administration, to put together the committee on emergency preparedness, and Arnett Mace, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, to form the committee on psychological services.

Both committees include representatives of faculty, staff, students and administration as well as the parent of a student. The committees will meet over the summer and present reports with recommendations by Sept. 1.

The University System of Georgia has been working since last fall to develop a plan for handling emergencies that will apply to all schools in the system and UGA’s plan will be part of the system-wide effort.

Kathy Pharr, assistant vice president for finance and administration, will be chair of the Emergency Preparedness and Communications Committee. Members of the committee are:

Greg Ashley, senior associate chief information officer; English Ball, a member of the UGA Parents and Families Association; Steve Bell, director of the broadcast, video and photography unit in the Office of Public Affairs and general manager of campus radio station WUGA;

Josef Broder, associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; Rick Gibson, director of residence hall education and services in the University Housing Department; Jamarl Glenn, a junior from Kingsland and member of the Arch Society; Opal Haley, director of security and emergency preparedness;

Stuart Ivy, information and technology manager in the College of Veterinary Medicine and vice president of the Staff Council; Ralph Johnson, associate vice president for the physical plant; parent Gayla Nickerson; Bobby Snipes, deputy manager of the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government; and Jimmy Williamson, UGA police chief.

The chair of the Committee on Evaluation of Psychological Services will be Lonnie Brown, associate professor of law. Committee members are: Beth Bailey, associate director of the Office of Legal Affairs; Alan Campbell, associate dean of student affairs; Clayton Cox, a junior from Marietta and treasurer of the Student Government Association; Linda Dudley, a student affairs professional in the School of Law;

Gayle Robbins, director of counseling and psychiatric services in the University Health Center; Ralphel Smith, assistant director of University Housing; V. Gayle Spears of the counseling and human development department in the College of Education; Elaine Weeks, director of criminal justice studies; Jeffrey Yates, associate professor of political science; and Andrea Young, a member of the UGA Parents and Families Association.