A New Era for Anna Maria College’s Public Sector Leadership Programs

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Anna Maria College has appointed assistant professor I. David Daniels as the new director of its Fire Science, Emergency Management, and Public Administration programs replacing Everett Pierce, the longtime director who is retiring.

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The opportunity to join the Anna Maria team was very exciting, particularly given the strong emergency services-focused undergraduate and graduate programs.

Everett G. Pierce, longtime director of the Fire Science, Emergency Management, and Public Administration programs at Anna Maria College, has retired from his post as Director for the Fire Science, Emergency Management and Public Administration degrees, although he will continue to teach.Chief Pierce’s leadership and vision was vital to the expansion and establishment of the online arena. To succeed Pierce, AMC has appointed assistant professor I. David Daniels, MHRM, MIFireE, CFO, SHS, HSO as the new director. Professor Daniels will oversee the College’s Bachelor of Fire Science, Masters of Emergency Management and Masters of Public Administration programs.

Prior to joining Anna Maria, I. David Daniels completed a 30-year career in emergency services, during which he worked in 28 different capacities as a firefighter, inspector, company officer, chief officer and emergency management director in organizations in three states.

Professor Daniels holds an Associate of Arts in Fire Command and Administration, a Bachelor of Science in Fire Services Administration, and a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management. He completed Harvard University’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government program and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education degree focusing on Organizational Leadership. He is certified as a Safety and Health Specialist, and a Fire Service Health and Safety Officer, holds member status in the Institution of Fire Engineers and is a Chief Fire Officer designee.

Professor Daniels is a life member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), a past member of its board of directors, a member of the National Fire Protection Association and the Alliance for Innovation. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the IAFC’s Safety, Health and Survival Section and served as its very first chair.

“The opportunity to join the Anna Maria team was very exciting, particularly given the strong emergency services-focused undergraduate and graduate programs,” said Professor Daniels. “The world is changing rapidly, and AMC is a great place to fortify the leaders of today, as well as prepare the leaders of tomorrow.”

Anna Maria College is a place where students take the opportunity to “Be Led by Leaders” on their journey to become more effective public safety and public service professionals. AMC’s state-of-the-art Fire Science program was awarded Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) recognition by the National Fire Academy for featuring FESHE National Professional Development Model core courses as standard. Coursework in the Master of Science in Emergency Management is designed to comply with the values and guidelines of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the IAEM (International Association of Emergency Managers).

To learn more about Anna Maria College and its online programs in Fire Science, Emergency Management and Public Administration, go to online.annamaria.edu.

About Anna Maria College:
In addition to the various undergraduate and graduate programs offered at its campus in Paxton, Massachusetts, AMC offers numerous online degree options to reach the most diverse group of students possible. Its online programs mirror the close-knit nature of the College’s campus community, with small class sizes that allow for mentoring relationships to develop between faculty and students.

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