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Crisis Response in Higher Education: What Is Your Campus Prepared For?

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Event Details

The Strategic Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE) invites you to a special virtual event, “Crisis Response in Higher Education: What Is Your Campus Prepared For?” which is scheduled for Tuesday, April 9, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. ET via Zoom. This FREE session will feature Dr. Grant Azdell, who is a crisis management and emergency planning expert, as well as Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Randolph-Macon College in Virginia.

Whether it’s a big crisis, such as hackers taking over your computer system and demanding a $30M ransom, or just the daily crisis mode that we had to work in during the pandemic, higher education leadership are re-evaluating their response plans to meet the needs of the 2024 environment.

In this session, you’ll hear about crisis management risks that all campuses face today and explore how to prepare for crisis situations that may arise. You’ll also learn who needs to be around the table when discussing crisis preparation.

  • How do you create organized chaos out of a chaotic situation?
  • What is your responsibility in an emergency?
  • What is ICS/NIMS and how does it work?

Following this conversation, you’ll be able to ask the right questions about crisis management and preparedness.

Drawing from his extensive experience in both higher education and emergency management, Dr. Azdell will offer valuable insights into the evolving landscape of campus crisis response over the past decade and provide strategies for enhancing your institution’s readiness for such incidents.

Don’t miss out on this chance to discover ways to improve your campus’s preparedness for crises in the aftermath of the pandemic.

When: Tuesday, April 9, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. ET

Where: SOCHE Zoom platform (link sent at registration)

Cost:  FREE for all participants

Questions? Contact Mindy Claggett at SOCHE

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About the Presenter

Grant L. Azdell, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students, Randolph-Macon College
Principal Partner, Azdell-Morgan Organizational Management Solutions

Dr. Grant L. Azdell currently serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, and is a Professor at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. As the Senior Student Affairs Officer (SSAO), he serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet. He also previously served on the President’s Cabinet at the University of Lynchburg as Associate Vice President of Student Development and Dean of Religious Life. Dr. Azdell has provided more than twenty years of leadership in the areas of assessment, strategic planning, budgeting, retention, fundraising and higher education law. He has also managed multi-million-dollar budgets for several organizations, including two terms as Treasurer for Region III of NASPA (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators).

Dr. Azdell received his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Virginia, his M.Div. from Vanderbilt University and his B.A. in religious studies and political science from Lynchburg College.

Dr. Azdell has published three books on Behavioral Assessment Teams, Title IX training and Campus Liability/Risk Management. He has also published several articles, spoken at national meetings, provided consultant services and led webinars on a variety of topics related to higher education. He has served both public and private institutions in Tennessee, Indiana, North Carolina and Virginia. With a background in Emergency Management, Dr. Azdell is frequently called upon as a subject expert in crisis management and emergency planning. He currently teaches classes in emergency management, leadership, education and pre-hospital emergency care and started EMT programs at two of the schools that he has served. He is the Principal Partner of Azdell-Morgan Organizational Management Solutions, a firm that specializes in campus safety and security assessments.

Dr. Azdell seeks to exemplify for students the importance of service and community engagement by serving on the boards of the following community organizations: Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, Ashland Police Department Chief’s Advisory Board, Ashland Volunteer Rescue Squad, and the Lynchburg Life Saving Crew.


April 9, 2024 11:30 am - 1:00 pm(GMT-04:00)

Councils & Committees

SOCHE is dedicated to advancing higher education through active collaboration, resource and knowledge building, and effective professional development programs. To accomplish this, SOCHE administers 16 active Councils and Committees. The purpose of a SOCHE Council or Committee is to provide an opportunity for representatives from higher education to be a resource for one another, share information and best practices, identify common challenges, and, ultimately, broaden awareness of the resources, services, and activities in higher education. SOCHE is also dependent upon the Councils and Committees for substantial input on annual professional development programs.

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