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


ChairZach SmithUNC
Vice ChairRay ThrowerQueens University of
SecretaryJason MarshburnAppalachian State
Immediate Past ChairVacant


Special Representatives

Western Branch RepresentativeVacantTBA
Central Branch RepresentativeVacantTBA
Eastern Branch RepresentativeVacantTBA
Community College Academic Program RepresentativeJustin TilghmanLenoir Community
Four-Year Institution Academic Program RepresentativeVacantTBA

Documents & Resources

TitleResource DescriptionAttachment
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