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JOSEPH HERNON has been named associate VP for campus safety, emergency management, and environmental health and safety at Colgate University. In that role, Hernon, a military veteran and firefighter with 10 years of emergency management experience, will lead the university’s emergency management operations. He comes to Colgate from Syracuse University, where he served as director of emergency management and business continuity. Prior to joining Syracuse in 2016, Hernon was deputy director of emergency services for Oneida County, where he supervised 75 full-time staff in the management of the county’s fire coordinator’s office, emergency communications center, and the office of emergency management. He also previously served as the emergency management program coordinator for the 174th Attack Wing of the New York State Air National Guard and as a citizen-preparedness trainer for New York State. In addition to leading Colgate’s emergency operations, including the university’s Emergency Operations Center, Hernon will also lead teams in campus safety and environmental health and safety. As a member of the dean of the college’s leadership team, Hernon will also contribute to the overall student experience with a focus on safety, diversity, and equity in both campus safety and emergency response. Hernon holds an associate degree in applied science in emergency management from Community College of the Air Force, a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice studies from Cazenovia College, a certificate of advanced study in security from the Institute of National Security and Counterterrorism at Syracuse University, and a master’s degree in public administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

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