Biography

Kay C. Goss

Building The Emergency Management Profession


Kay C. Goss, CEM®, is a distinguished leader in emergency management. She is part-time faculty in the Executive Master’s Program in Crisis and Emergency Management at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas and in the Graduate Program in Emergency Management and Homeland Security at Metropolitan College of New York. Previous positions include: Associate Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Director in charge of national preparedness, training, higher education, and exercises, appointed by President, confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate (1993-2001), where she founded the FEMA Higher Education Program (when there were 2 such programs in the country and now there are over 600 degree and certificate programs), as well as the Annual FEMA Higher Education Program. Ms. Goss is the author of 5 books and hundreds of articles. 

Current Positions

Chair, J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Advisory Board, 2015-2020

Chair, Fulbright College, $1Billion University of Arkansas Fundraising Campaign, 2012-2020

Featured International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) CEM Mentor, 2018 to present

Board of Directors, Council on Accreditation of Emergency Management Education, 2017 to present

Senior Fellow, National Academy of Public Administration, specializing in emergency management and intergovernmental Relations, 2013 to present

Executive Board Member, Domestic Preparedness National Preparedness Council, 2011 to present

Columnist, Domestic Preparedness Journal, 2009 to present

Editorial Board of Review, Journal of Emergency Management, 2010 to present

Board of Directors, Epsilon Pi Phi Society, the student honors organization for majors in Emergency Management, 2006 to present

Graduate Criminal Justice Faculty in the Master’s Program in Emergency and Crisis Management, teaching Human Considerations in Disasters, at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, 2006 to present

Graduate Public Administration Faculty at Metropolitan College of New York, 2016 to present, teaching Planning and Preparedness

Emergency Management Academic Advisory Councils at Arkansas Tech University, Arkansas State University, and Metropolitan College of New York

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