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PURPOSE:  To evaluate and accredit higher education programs in emergency management and homeland security disciplines.

MISSION: To serve the emergency management and homeland security communities by promoting the highest academic standards for educational institutions through an accreditation program that ensures high quality curriculum and instruction and continually advances the quality of education within the field.

VISION: To advance, endorse and facilitate quality emergency management and homeland security disciplines in higher education through an evaluative accrediting process that will strengthen and contribute to the professions and promote public and community resilience.

Board and Officers:

President:            Larry A. Porter, Ph.D, CEM©

EM VP:                 Steve Jensen, Ph.D.

HS VP:                 Jim Ramsay, Ph.D., MA, CSP, FASSP

Secretary:           Valerie Lucus-McEwen, MS, CEM© , CBCP

Treasurer:           Vacant

Past President:  Daryl L. Spiewak, CEM© , TEM, MEP


Assessment Manager:     Landon Densley, M.A., CEM©

Assessor Manager:          Sandy Smith, RN, Ph.D.

Marketing Manager:         Vacant

Board of Directors

Dee Dee Bennett, Ph.D.

Emily Bentley, J.D.

Kathy L. Francis, MS, CEM© , MDPEMP

Kay C. Goss, CEM©

Linda Kiltz, Ph.D.

Irmak Renda-Tanali, D.Sc.,MBA, ABCP, APP

Daryl L. Spiewak, CEM© , TEM, MEP

Richard Sylves, Ph.D.

Derin Ural, Ph.D.

Stacy Willett, Ph.D.


Affiliated Organization

Epsilon Pi Phi Honor Society (

Executive Director: Jamie Stacy, Ph.D.