Fisher ‘Absolutely Stunned’ by Honor
When Lynn Fisher was informed by Vice President for Student Affairs Almeda Jacks he would be honored as Clemson University staff member of the football game against Boston College this past weekend, his jaw dropped.
“I was absolutely stunned and thought a punchline was coming,” he joked. “There are so many great employees at this university who merit this type of recognition. I was blown away when Almeda told me and am honored to have even been in the conversation.”
Spend any amount of time with Fisher, and you’ll understand the reasoning behind his selection.
Fisher is in his fifth year as Clemson’s emergency preparedness coordinator. In a nutshell, his job is to ensure the university is prepared for any and every potential emergency.
“The position has really evolved,” said Fisher, who was honored alongside faculty member Dr. Amber Porter from the College of Science. “They didn’t have a department when I first got here. The position was created when Johnson Link was still chief of police. Johnson has since moved into Student Affairs to oversee municipal services, and we fell under his umbrella.
“We had a dated emergency action plan. Beyond that, we didn’t have much else. What I’ve tried to do is prioritize what I thought needed to be done.”
During his tenure, Fisher has developed training for security coordinators and devised emergency action plans for campus buildings. He has taken on oversight of all emergency communications, including the CU Safe Alert mass notifications and campus siren system, while also coordinating risk management.
Most of Fisher’s time lately has been dedicated to establishing business continuity of operations plans.
“Lynn has a good process in place and we have made great strides,” Link said. “Getting it started has been yeoman’s work, but Lynn now has 16 departments on board. These plans help us identify assets that we need to operate effectively. The concept has been around for years, but no one really pushed and held people accountable. But, Lynn has done that.”
Fisher’s efficiency took a big step forward when an assistant position was approved and Mary Erin Morrissey came on board six months ago. Together the two have made emergency management a critical piece of the Student Affairs team. Because of that, Jacks noted, Fisher’s award Saturday was well earned.
“Lynn is an invaluable asset to the Division of Student Affairs, and he could not be more deserving of this great honor.”