September 29, 2023

Alumni News Roundup – April

County’s New EMS Director Traveled a Long Way to Get Here
Graig Temple comes from a long line of firefighters. Being fourth generation as well as getting an early taste for fire-fighting at the young age of 15, one could say that fire is in Temple’s blood. Temple was just recently hired as the new Fort Bend County Director of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in Houston, TX. After serving as the fire chief of operations for the Anchorage (Alaska) Fire Department for the past 2 years, Texas will be much closer to his family. He earned both his bachelor of science degree in fire science and his master’s degree in emergency services management at Columbia Southern University.

SFES Fire Officer of the Year Honored by Southside Optimists
Savannah Fire and Emergency Services veteran Captain Christopher Shelnutt was nominated Fire Officer of the Year by fellow department personnel and recognized Wednesday, April 1st for his hard work and dedication by the Southside Optimist Club. Captain Shelnutt has been serving his community with the SFES for 13 years and is currently working toward his bachelor’s degree in fire science at Columbia Southern University.

Meet Cpt. Joe Picanzo, New OCSO Sector 3 Commander
Captain Joe Picanzo is celebrating his 25th year with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and was just recently reassigned as Sector 3 Commander. As the new overseer of OSCO coverage in West Orange, Captain Picanzo has extensive experience in homicide, juvenile crimes, criminal investigations, street crimes, gang operations, and tactical patrol. Captain Picanzo graduated in 2012 with his bachelor of science degree in criminal justice administration at Columbia Southern University.

Vitas, Ousted as Key West City Manager, Applies to be No. 2 in Marathon
As the Marathon City Manager position is up for grabs in Florida, Donald Cochran has positioned himself as one of the 22 candidates. He holds a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in public administration from Columbia Southern University. Cochran was the assistant city manager of Winter Garden for 8 years and has over 20 years of experience working within municipalities in the state of Florida.

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One Comment

  1. Brian Harbison

    Hello, I am looking for any advise or comments from previous students in the Emergency Management Administration masters program. I am starting the masters in Jan and would like some feedback as to how the classes are, how demanding they are in comparison to the bachelors degree, thanks