David McEntire, associate professor of emergency administration and planning, was awarded the Dr. B. Wayne Blanchard Award for Academic Excellence in Emergency Management Higher Education.
The award honors major contributions within and to the Emergency Management Higher Education Community and was handed out at the FEMA Higher Education Conference in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
The award was first given to Blanchard in 2007 at the 11th Annual Emergency Management Higher Education Conference to commemorate his outstanding service as the FEMA Higher Education Program Manager. Since this time, one award is given each subsequent year in Blanchard’s name to the individual who is deemed to have made a positive impact on disaster research and emergency management education in the United States.
McEntire also recently served as associate dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service. His areas of expertise include emergency management theory, disaster response, community preparedness, vulnerability reduction and international disasters.
Additionally, McEntire has studied the impact of Hurricane Georges on the Dominican Republic. His work was to identify the many factors that contributed to the disaster and to examine the disaster's effects on residents and response operations. He spent two weeks in the nation after the hurricane hit in September 1998.