Institutions of Higher Education Caucus

About the Caucus

The mission of the Institutions of Higher Education Caucus (IHEC) is to represent the emergency management issues surrounding college and university campuses in North Carolina. Although institutions of higher education are a part of the communities in which they reside, they take on special and sometimes unique considerations when assisting students, faculty, staff, and visitors in preparing for, responding to, recovering from, and mitigating against emergencies. The purpose of the IHEC is to provide emergency managers from institutions of higher education a voice on a local, state, and national scale to ensure government and other stakeholders address higher education needs.

Caucus Membership

To become a member of the IHEC, you must be a NCEMA member and complete the IHEC Membership Form below.

To learn more about the membership structure, please review the IHEC Rules, provided in the documents section below.

Caucus Leadership

Call for Nominations

In accordance with the Institutions of Higher Education Caucus (IHEC) Rules, the IHEC is seeking nominations for the IHEC Vice Chair and Secretary positions, which are slated to take office immediately. If you are interested in serving in position, self-nominations will be accepted until 5:00 PM, Monday, November 23, 2020, by completing the respective forms below.

Vice-Chair Nomination Form

Secretary Nomination Form

Qualifications: Candidates must be members in good standing of the NCEMA and the Caucus per the IHEC Rules and serve in the role of an emergency management practitioner at a higher education institution.

Commitment: The positions are expected to progress through the leadership order from Secretary to Vice-Chair, to Chair, and then Immediate Past Chair for the IHEC. Terms for each position are for one year. The full commitment is four years if you continue through the complete progression from Secretary to Immediate Past Chair for one year at a time.

Responsibilities: The Vice-Chair will be responsible for developing, updating, and monitoring the progress of the IHEC Strategic Plan and shall serve as IHEC parliamentarian. The IHEC Secretary is a part of the Caucus leadership team and is responsible for ensuring all official IHEC business is documented, including but not limited to issuance of meeting agendas and minutes.

Thank you for your consideration in running for these positions. This is a great opportunity to further develop the Caucus and advance our profession!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at any time.


ChairTravis AumanNCA&T State
Vice ChairSarah IsomWinston-Salem State
SecretaryJustin MillerUniversity of North Carolina-Chapel
Immediate Past ChairJason MarshburnAppalachian State


Special Representatives

Western Branch RepresentativeDeb TrivetteAppalachian State
Central Branch RepresentativeGus PorterHigh Point
Eastern Branch RepresentativeEric GriffinUNC
Community College Academic Program RepresentativeJustin TilghmanLenoir Community
Four-Year Institution Academic Program RepresentativeVacant

Documents & Resources

TitleResource DescriptionAttachment
IHEC Strategic Plan 2019-2024IHEC Strategic Plan 2019-2024
Virtual Lunch and Learn Flyer – July 30thThe Institutions of Higher Education Caucus (IHEC) will hold its first Virtual Lunch and Learn on July 30th at 11:30 AM.
IHEC Meeting Minutes 3/26/19The meeting minutes from the IHEC meeting held on 3/26/19.
IHEC Meeting Minutes 3/25/19Meeting Minutes from the IHEC meeting held on 3/25/19.
IHEC RulesNCEMA Institutions of Higher Education Caucus Rules