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Loyola University announces new emergency manager

March 2, 2012

Loyola University New Orleans has hired Stephen Murphy as its emergency manager. This newly created position is responsible for managing university-wide emergency preparedness and business continuity programs, including training and guidance for emergency response, impact analysis and planning, and assessment of response efforts.

“I am pleased to announce that Mr. Murphy has joined us in this new capacity,” said Loyola President the Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D. “Universities are particularly vulnerable to any number of emergency situations, as we know from tragic headlines in the news. The safety and well-being of our campus community is our top priority, and it is essential for us to have an experienced leader in emergency preparedness and business continuity.”

Murphy has extensive experience in emergency management and homeland security strategies and initiatives, public health preparedness, continuity of operations planning and fiscal management. Prior to joining Loyola, Murphy served as planning section chief of the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. His responsibilities there included hurricane preparedness, development and maintenance of various city emergency operations plans, and all public health preparedness issues, such as pandemic influenza planning, bioterrorism preparedness and mass casualty planning.

“It is an honor and privilege to be a part of such a prestigious university,” Murphy said. “Loyola has taken great strides in the area of campus preparedness. Given the threats impacting campuses across the country, it is prudent that we take the necessary steps to mitigate against them, ensuring not only student safety, but the safety of every member of the Loyola family as well as the community to the greatest extent possible. Together, I think we can create a culture of preparedness across the campus that takes Loyola University to the next level as it relates to resilient universities.”

Highly active in regional and state public health preparedness, Murphy sits on several state advisory boards pertaining to public health preparedness. In addition, he is an adjunct instructor in Tulane University’s Homeland Security bachelor's and master’s degree programs.

Murphy is a native of Georgia and earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Georgia and an M.B.A. from Mercer University. He studied infectious disease epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and later received a Master of Public Health degree in global environment health sciences, specifically disaster management, from the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

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