AMHERST, Mass. – Jeffrey Hescock has been appointed director of university emergency management and business continuity at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, effective Sept. 23.
Hescock, who has served as emergency management and business continuity manager for the UMass President’s Office since 2010, succeeds Tom O’Regan, who took a position at another university last month, according to Don Robinson, executive director of environmental health and safety at UMass Amherst.
In his new role he will be responsible for further preparing the Amherst campus to effectively mitigate risks, manage emergencies and implement campus-wide continuity of operations plans. He will also continue to carry out system-wide leadership for emergency management, business continuity, public safety and environmental health and safety activities related to coordination among the five campuses. Hescock will be based in Draper Hall at UMass Amherst.
“I have worked with Jeff in his system-wide role within the UMass President’s Office and he has been a tremendous help to all the campuses,” said Robinson. “He will now have primary responsibility for the Amherst campus but continue to assist the other campuses and thereby maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of our University-wide emergency management efforts.”
“I look forward to joining a great team on the Amherst campus and working with campus stakeholders to provide a safe and secure environment in order for the University’s mission of education, research and public service to take place in an open and welcoming environment,” said Hescock. “I also look forward to continue collaborating with the UMass campuses on sharing best practice programs and experiences that support each campus’s safety and preparedness programs.”
Prior to joining the UMass system, Hescock worked from 2007-10 as a senior consultant on emergency management issues for Science Application International Corp., a Framingham-based company. He also served as a regional planner (2004-06) and a government preparedness manager (2006-07) with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.
Hescock is fully trained in National Incident Management Systems and Incident Command Systems. He holds a master of regional planning degree from the University at Albany in New York and a B.S. from Westfield State College.