Idaho State University has hired Christopher Boyce as the director of emergency management in the Department of Public Safety. Boyce currently serves as the emergency manager for Galveston County, Texas; and formerly as the emergency manager for Nueces County (Corpus Christi), Texas.
Boyce brings real-world experience, having served as an incident commander for Hurricane Harvey, and he has coordinated disaster responses for numerous flash and large area floods, tropical depressions, HazMat releases, brush fires, winter storms, and other Gulf Coast related critical incidents. His career as a first responder has included serving in law enforcement, fire/rescue, emergency medical services, 911 communications, and emergency management.
“We are very fortunate to have Christopher Boyce join Public Safety as the Director of Emergency Management” said Lewis Eakins, ISU chief security officer. “His experience and training will significantly enhance ISU’s accredited emergency management program, and bring a high level of readiness and preparedness to our campuses. I anticipate a smooth transition from a county/municipal environment to a campus environment.”
While at Galveston and Nueces County, Boyce was successful in writing and managing the Emergency Management Performance Grant, the Homeland Security Grant Program, the Port Security Grant Program, and the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. Boyce also assisted municipalities in completing FEMA Disaster Relief grant applications to aid in rebuilding their communities.
Boyce holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Political Science and Law Enforcement from Minnesota State University, and a Master of Public Administration from Columbia Southern University. He is currently completing degree requirements for a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in project management. Boyce has attained the Certified Emergency Manager designation from the International Association of Emergency Managers, and he currently serves as an accreditation manager for the Emergency Management Accreditation Program.
Boyce will begin working at ISU on Oct. 7.