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Gov. Cuomo Picks LIU Professor for Homeland Security Chief

Jerome Hauer, faculty member at Long Island University Homeland Security Management Institute, nominated Commissioner of Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services; Steven Kuhr, currently enrolled in HSMI, named deputy commissioner and director of State Office of Emergency Management


Morgan Lyle,Assistant Director of Public Relations
LIU Riverhead

Riverhead, N.Y. – Jerome H. Hauer, a member of the faculty at Long Island University's Homeland Security Management Institute, has been named to New York's top homeland security post by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Mr. Hauer, who is also the CEO of a security firm and has a long resume of top-level public and private sector emergency preparedness positions, was nominated commissioner of the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.

Another member of the LIU HSMI community was appointed by the governor to a prominent post at the same agency. Steven Kuhr, a security executive with extensive experience at high levels of the New York City Fire Department, was named deputy commissioner of Homeland Security and Emergency Services and director of the State Office of Emergency Management.

"We couldn't be more proud of Mr. Hauer and Mr. Kuhr," said Dr. Vincent Henry, director of the HSMI. "Our students and our faculty have benefitted tremendously from their knowledge and experience – Jerry as a faculty senior fellow and Steve as a student colleague – and the people of New York will be well served by these two highly distinguished individuals.

"These appointments demonstrate vividly the character and caliber of the faculty members and students at HSMI," he said.

Jerome Hauer brings almost three decades of experience in the public and private sectors, the majority of which was focused in the areas of security and emergency management. Mr. Hauer most recently served as the chief executive officer of the Hauer Group, a consulting firm that provides customized emergency management solutions to public and private clients around the world. Prior to starting the Hauer Group, Mr. Hauer served as a co-chair of the homeland security practice of Fleishman-Hillard Government Relations.

From 2002 to 2003, he was the acting assistant secretary for the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he was responsible for coordinating the country's medical and public health preparedness and response to emergencies, including acts of biological, chemical and nuclear terrorism. From 2000-2002, he was the managing director of the crisis and consequence management group at Kroll Associates. Mr. Hauer previously served as the first director of the Office of Emergency Management in New York City from 1996-2000.

Prior to returning to New York, Mr. Hauer was also the director of the Department of Emergency Management for the State of Indiana. During that time, he served on the Congressional Fire Caucus' Urban Search and Rescue Advisory Committee and the National Institute for Urban Search and Rescue Advisory Council. In addition, Mr. Hauer was on the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine's Committee to Evaluate R&D Needs for Improved Civilian Medical Response to Chemical or Biological Terrorism Incidents. In 1990, Mr. Hauer was named Chairman of the board of directors of the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium, where he served for a year. From 1987 to 1989 he worked in New York City's Emergency Medical Services Department-- first as a deputy director and later as a special assistant to the executive director.

Mr. Hauer was a research associate with the Harvard Medical School and Longwood Area Trauma Center from 1980 to 1983. From 1978 to 1980, Mr. Hauer was an associate administrator with the Red Cross Blood Services' Northeast Region. Mr. Hauer earned his B.A. from New York University in 1976 and his M.H.S. from Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health in 1978 and is currently a doctoral candidate at Cranfield University in the United Kingdom and is expected to complete his degree this December.

Steven Kuhr most recently served as president and chief operating officer of Strategic Emergency Group LLC, an emergency management and homeland security consulting firm where he oversaw projects for federal, state and local agencies including the New York State Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Office for People with Developmental Disabilities and the U.S. Department of Defense as well as various private sector clients.

Prior to joining the private sector, Mr. Kuhr served with the City of New York for 20 years. He was deputy director for operations and planning for the Office of Emergency Management, where he managed programs for catastrophic disasters, terrorism, severe weather and critical infrastructure failures. He also served as chief and division captain of EMS Special Operations with the New York City Fire Department.

Mr. Kuhr has written and lectured on emergency management and homeland security around the world. He has taught at FEMA's Emergency Management Institute and the U.S. Department of Defense as an adjunct faculty member. He holds a B.S. degree in Emergency Management Administration from State University of New York and is currently completing an M.S. degree in Homeland Security Management from Long Island University's Homeland Security Management Institute. He graduated as a paramedic from the Albert Einstein School of Medicine.

Posted 11/28/2011

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