Arkansas Tech University alumnus Chad Stover is among the most recent graduates of the National Emergency Management Advanced Academy (NEMAA) at the Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Md.
Stover (photographed, right) graduated on Aug. 16 and received his diploma from Scott Kelberg (photographed, left), acting director for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) national training and education division.
NEMAA, which is administered by FEMA, exposes participants to four resident courses. Each course lasts for one week. NEMAA courses include Survey of Advanced Concepts in Emergency Management, Assessment and Application of Professional Style in Emergency Management, Advanced Concepts and Issues in the Emergency Management Organization and Advanced Concepts and Issues in the Emergency Management Community and Profession.
According to FEMA, the NEMAA "reinforces the qualities needed to manage emergency management programs, provides relevant management theories and concepts, and utilizes appropriate case studies."
A native of Sheridan, Stover earned his Master of Science degree in emergency management and homeland security from ATU in 2010. He worked for the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management from 2008-12, FEMA from 2012-13 and the Corporation for National and Community Service (AmeriCorps) from 2014-2018. He returned to FEMA in 2018 and currently holds the position of strategic advisor in the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration’s readiness division in Washington, D.C.
His responsibilities include developing and directing strategic planning, budgeting, procurement and disaster workforce development.
Stover's Arkansas Tech degree is one of more than 1,100 emergency management degrees ATU has conferred since developing its program in the late 1990s. In addition to the master's degree in homeland security and emergency management, ATU also offers a Bachelor of Science degree in emergency management.
In 2005, ATU became the first institution of higher learning to have its degree programs accredited by The Council for Accreditation of Emergency Management Education.
Visit www.atu.edu/emergencymanagement to learn more about the ATU Department of Emergency Management.