CLEMSON — Sarah Custer has been named emergency management director for Clemson University, filling the void left by Lynn Fisher, who retired in February. In her new role, Custer administers all activities related to emergency management for the university’s main campus. She will also serve as liaison to the university’s Crisis Management Team on issues related to emergency management and homeland security.

Sarah Custer in front of Cooper Library

Sarah Custer is Clemson’s new emergency management director.
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“Sarah’s experience level stood out during the interview process,” said Vice President for Student Affairs Almeda Jacks. “We are excited by everything she brings to the table and believe she will be a huge asset to our university and division.”

Custer joins the Division of Student Affairs staff following a distinguished career spanning nearly two decades with the United States Air Force and Navy. Custer began her career as an emergency management craftsman in multiple locations with the Air Force in 2001–08. She then spent two years (2008–10) as an emergency management specialist at the Naval Weapons Station in Goose Creek, South Carolina.

Custer worked at Joint Base Charleston in 2010–17, serving most recently as a supervisory readiness program specialist. In this role, she transformed the emergency management program for 23,000 military, civilian and contract employees. She also orchestrated two emergency operations centers that successfully managed the first base evacuation in 17 years during Hurricane Matthew’s passage.

“I am honored to be selected by Clemson’s great team of student affairs professionals,” Custer said. “Lynn Fisher and his team have developed a respected program and I am confident we will continue to serve the university well during this time of growth in Emergency Management.”

Custer earned a Bachelor of Arts in emergency and disaster management from the American Military University in 2010 and is working toward a master’s degree in business administration from Clemson.