William Flagler, NOVA’s director of emergency management and safety, recently earned the Certified Emergency Manager® (CEM) credential from the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM). The IAEM created the certification program to raise and maintain professional standards for emergency managers. This is a prestigious certification and only those who hold particular professional experience may apply. Among the requirements are substantial emergency management experience, relevant education, a minimum number of training hours and outstanding contributions to the profession.
The Certified Emergency Manager program was established in 1989, and IAEM graduated its first class of certified emergency managers in 1993. Fewer than 1,600 individuals currently hold the certification.
Flagler was appointed as NOVA’s first emergency management and safety director in August 2007. He is also the first person to fulfill this role in a full-time capacity within the Virginia Community College System. Flagler led the College’s emergency response after the campus shooting that took place on the Woodbridge Campus in December 2009. He has also led the department through various severe weather events and visits to the College by dignitaries including President Barack Obama. Flagler is responsible for planning and managing State Transfer Points and State Shelters at two NOVA campuses.
Flagler has nearly a decade of public service and emergency management experience. He is an active member of IAEM and VEMA. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, a master’s degree in public administration and a master’s degree in homeland security and emergency management.