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Washington State University Office of Emergency Management

About Us

Mission Statement:

To develop and administer a comprehensive emergency management program to encompass the five physical WSU campuses, as well as research stations and Extension sites throughout the state. This program works in partnership with academic colleges and departments, operating divisions and units, and the staff, faculty and students of WSU in cooperation with federal, state and local jurisdictions to protect the safety of students, faculty, staff, visitors & animals; to safeguard critical infrastructure, facilities, environment, essential records & research; and to resume operations as soon as practicable.

Values and Goals:

To take a look further into the Washington State University Office of Emergency Management’s Values and Goals, please see our Strategic Plan.


Emergency management functions in many forms have taken place at WSU for many years. Efforts by the Public Safety Office, Environmental Health and Safety, Business and Finance and other departments and units established the groundwork for current emergency management functions. In 2004 it was determined an office and personnel specifically dedicated to the tasks associated with effective emergency management for an institution of the scale and scope of WSU was needed. The Emergency Management unit was established under the Division of Business and Finance to address the increasing needs of WSU to meet accepted standards for emergency planning, response, recovery, and mitigation throughout the University’s statewide presence.

Bill Gardner

335-4484 or 8548 Director of Public Safety and Chief of the WSU Police Department
Christina Sanders


Sarah Blatner




Director of The Office of Emergency Management


Emergency Management Coordinator

WSU Pullman Emergency Response Unit Directors
Bill Gardner

335-8548 Chief, WSU Police Department
Tom Ambrosi

335-1642 Director, IT Communication and Network Services
Rey McGehee

335-6763 Assistant RSO, Radiation Safety Office
Craig Cole

335-9000 Executive Director, Facility Operations
Dwight Hagihara

335-3051 Director, Environmental Health and Safety Office
Regional Campus Emergency Management Contacts
WSU Spokane:
Jonathan Schad               
(509) 358-7991 Director of Facilities Operations
WSU Vancouver:
Dave Stephenson
(360) 546-9004 Lieutenant/Manager Department of Public Safety and Police Services
WSU Tri-Cities

Scott Tomren   

WSU Everett

Cheryl Blackburn                         

(509) 372-7163



(425) 405-1712

Environmental Health & Safety Coordinator



Facilities Administrator