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James Hagen appointed to Board of The International Emergency Management Society

The International Emergency Management Society Hagen to serve as regional director for North America

James Hagen, Ph.D., professor in Saint Xavier University’s Graham School of Management, was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS) at its annual meeting June 4-7 in Trogir, Croatia. 

TIEMS is an international organization dedicated to sharing knowledge and best practices regarding how disasters are handled at local, federal, international and military levels of response. It convenes planners, researchers, educators, managers, response personnel and other interested parties to exchange information on using innovative methods and technologies that improve an agency’s ability to avoid, mitigate, respond to and recover from natural and technological disasters. 

Hagen will serve as the regional TIEMS director for North America, which carries significant responsibilities for furthering both the education and science of emergency management and for promoting the organization’s objectives in this hemisphere. 

“We will provide a forum for policy guidance to governmental bodies concerning emergency management and its implications for the environment and society. We will also work to translate academic concepts into practical use,” Hagen said. “This new role will advance Saint Xavier University as a leader in global efforts to effectively manage both man-made and natural disasters.”  

Last year, Hagen presented a paper on international aspects of disaster exercise design and execution at the TIEMS international conference in Seoul, South Korea, and presented two papers on the role of military humanitarian assistance during disasters and considerations in stockpiling antiviral agents for potential pandemic influenza at this year’s conference in Croatia. TIEMS members come from more than 30 nations, and its officers hail from Norway, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States. 

Increases in both natural and man-made disasters and the perceived increased national risk have raised awareness of the need for enhanced preparedness. Hagen is director of the Public and Non-profit Management program and the new Disaster Preparedness and Management certificate program in Saint Xavier’s Graham School of Management.

For more information on TIEMS or to interview Hagen, please contact Director of Media Relations Joe Moore at (773) 298-3937 or jmoore@sxu.edu. 


Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846, Saint Xavier University was the first Mercy college in the United States and is Chicago’s oldest Catholic university. Serving approximately 5,700 students at its campuses in Chicago, Orland Park and its Loop location, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors; more than 40 graduate program options in arts and sciences, business, education and nursing; and a variety of program options in continuing and professional studies. Recognizing Saint Xavier’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked SXU consistently among the Best Colleges in the Midwest.


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