Ken Long has been named director of emergency management and continuity for IU Bloomington after serving as interim director this spring and as assistant director since 2009.
Diane Mack, university director for IU Emergency Management and Continuity, said Long’s experience will allow him to seamlessly transition into his new role.
“The emergency management director position for IU Bloomington is critical to the campus’s preparedness for and response to emergencies,” Mack said. “Ken has been a champion of emergency preparedness for many years, and both his dedication to IU and his planning efforts have been a major contribution to the university and to our emergency management and continuity department. It is an honor to welcome him into this leadership position.”
As director, Long is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive emergency planning and preparedness program necessary to effectively undergird the university from all types of hazards and to enhance overall emergency capabilities for the Bloomington campus. This program has been designed to integrate and engage campus and community partners on a wide range of emergency and disaster issues that may affect the campus. The program includes addressing measures to protect the campus before, during or after emergencies in addition to validation of planning efforts by participating in disasters workshops, drills and exercises.
Whether for long-range planning, such as campus emergency preparedness or planning for individual events, such as football games, concerts and commencement, Long works closely with such partners as IU Police Department, event management services, the IU Health Center, student affairs, athletics, transportation, facility operations and many other offices.
“I strongly believe in the mission of our Emergency Management and Continuity program,” Long said. “Working as part of a team dedicated to the safety and protection of our faculty, staff, students and campus will allow me to take up the challenges we face in addressing the broad range of hazards that threaten IU Bloomington. I’m thrilled by this opportunity, and I look forward to serving the university in my new role.”
Long retired from the Marine Corps before joining IU in 1994 as a claims adjuster in the Office of Risk Management. While a Marine, his service involved several tours in the Far East, European, Mediterranean, African and mid-eastern theaters of operations.
IU Emergency Management and Continuity is part of Public Safety and Institutional Assurance, which falls under the Office of the Executive Vice President for University Academic Affairs and the Office of the Vice President for IT and CIO.