Shared Governance: Crisis Leadership Team

Updated July 2015

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Charged with preparation for and management of various levels of crises. The main functions of the Crisis Leadership Team are:

  • >Assessment/Mitigation - Project what might occur, vulnerability assessment, elimination or reduction of the probability of a crisis.
  • >Preparation - Develop a response plan to different potential crises.
  • >Response - Respond to emergencies and direct emergency resources, plan activation.
  • >Recovery and evaluation - Return of conditions to normal or improved levels; assure community well-being; recovery of vital functions; debrief and provide for the evaluation and improvement of the crisis process; reduction of risk of crisis recurrence.

This Committee has the following authority:

The Crisis Leadership Team structure deviates from the normal lines of authority, and the team is empowered to act decisively on behalf of the institution. These procedures apply to all personnel, buildings, and grounds owned and operated by the University.

The President has the executive authority to execute all portions of this plan. The Provost chairs the team with authority to give direction to the team and make final decisions. Collegiality, collaboration, and consensus are important elements of positive group interaction and communication, but these elements must be balanced with the need to be timely and decisive.

Some campus groups have authority to manage a crisis as it happens until the Crisis Leadership Team takes over. The groups with authority to handle crises initially during an emergency are:

  • Department of Public Safety
  • Campus Life University) and Student Life (Clerc Center)
  • Facilities Maintenance and Operations


Name Title / Role Group Represented
Theodore Baran
Director/Voice Chair of CLT Director Public Safety
Cary Barbin
Dir. Clerc Ctr Operations/ Committee Mbr. Office of the Dir Clerc Ctr
A. Dwight Benedict
Dean/Chair of C.L.T. Dean of Student Affairs & Acad. Support
Ed Bosso
Vice President Vice President of Clerc Center
Amon Brown Interim Director/Committee Member Facilities
Yoshiko Chino Director/Committee Member Gallaudet Interpreting Svcs.
Carol Erting Provost Academic Affairs
Timothy Frelich Mgr, Business Svcs & Enrollment/ Committee Mbr. Office of Exec. Dir. Clerc Ctr.
Susan Hanrahan Director/ Committee Mbr. Residence Life and Housing
Mary Hufnell Assistant Prof./ Faculty Representative  Counseling Graduate Program 
Alan Hurwitz President The University
Mary Keane Dir., Campus Activities/Committee Member Staff
Paul Kelly Vice President Vice President of Admin & Finance
Catherine Murphy Exec. Dir./Committee Member
Earl Parks Executive Director/Committee Member Gallaudet Technology Services
Rosalyn Prickett Mgr Institutional Compliance/ Committee Mbr. Office of the Vice Pres Clerc Ctr
Lauri Rush Director/ Committee member Counseling & Psychological Service
Pam Rypkema Manager/ Committee Mbr. Risk Management/Insurance
Nicole Sutliffe Exec. Dir, Admin & Oper./ Committee Mbr. Office of the Vice Pres. Clerc Ctr.
Michael Weinstock Director/ Committee Member Athletics


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