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Alumni Testimonial: Crisis Leadership in Higher Education

Crisis Leadership in Higher Education is a jointly designed program by faculty from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Harvard Kennedy School. The program draws on the complementary expertise, knowledge and practical experience of both schools to help senior administrators plan for, respond to and recover from a range of crises that can beset institutions of higher education. The program is designed for college and university presidents, provosts, deans, administrators and directors of campus safety who are responsible for the campus crisis management plan.

After being recommended for the program by his director, Randy Humes, Assistant Director of Campus Safety at the Maryland College of Art attended the program this past March. We spoke with Randy after the program to learn more about his experience at Crisis Leadership.

"Even after 30 years in law enforcement, I was a bit apprehensive when my Director approached me about attending Crisis Leadership in Higher Education. But I figured why not, if I'm going to experience college, why not go to arguably the best one in the country.

I had only been Assistant Director of Campus Safety for about a month, which was a huge jump from my previous position. It was a lot to take in at first, knowing the enormous responsibility that comes with the position, but I was up for the task, otherwise I would have turned it down.

I don't mind telling you I was extremely nervous the first day at Crisis Leadership, but once in the classroom, I was at ease. I've been through countless hours of training, whether it was homicide or DEA training, and 90% of it puts you to sleep. But I found myself hanging on every word from James Honan, Dutch Leonard, Judith Bloch McLaughlin and Arnold Howitt. I also enjoyed meeting everyone from different parts of the world and different institutions around the country.

I hated to see the program end but I’m looking forward to getting back home and sharing my experience. I can guarantee that someone from my team will be here next year. Being at Harvard and Crisis Leadership in Higher Education has been one of the best experiences of my life. Thank you again."

Randy J. Humes
Assistant Director of Campus Safety
Maryland Institute College of Art