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Marshburn named director of environmental health and safety and emergency management at Appalachian

BOONE—Jason Marshburn of Greensboro has been named director of environmental health and safety and emergency management at Appalachian State University. He will begin his duties March 17. He replaces Kevin Madsen who left the university in January to pursue other opportunities.

He will be responsible for continuing development and management of environmental health, safety, and emergency management programs at Appalachian, including implementing inter-departmental and university-wide health, safety, emergency preparedness and continuity initiatives; managing the university Emergency Operations Center; chairing the Emergency Management Task Force; managing the university emergency notification system; and working with administrators, faculty and staff to integrate risk-based decision making into academic, research, work and service activities.

He also will consult with faculty and staff and work closely with university committees and other stakeholders to develop policies for the university related to environmental health and safety and emergency management.

Marshburn comes to Appalachian from UNC Greensboro where he has worked since 2007. He was safety coordinator at UNCG for two years and served as the university’s director of emergency management for four years.

Marshburn has a bachelor’s degree in emergency management from Western Carolina University and a master’s degree in safety, security and emergency management from Eastern Kentucky University.

He is a N.C. Emergency Medical Technician and holds Emergency Management Coordinator Type IV and North Carolina Emergency Management Coordinator Type IV certification.

He also has completed North Carolina Incident Management Team Training, North Carolina Hazardous Materials Operations Level Responder Training, American Heart Association CPR/AED (Healthcare Provider) certification, Incident Command System (ICS) 100-800 courses, the North Carolina Department of Labor 30-Hour General Industry Awareness course, Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program Training and the FEMA Professional Development Series.

Marshburn is a member of the North Carolina Emergency Management Association and the International Association of Emergency Managers.