School of Public Services Created at UVU
August 9, 2010
For Immediate Release
For more information: Jeff Maxfield (801) 201-2591, Jim McCulloch (801) 863-7004
University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Written by: Jim McCulloch (801) 863-7004
The first school of public services in the Utah System of Higher Education has been created at Utah Valley University. The School of Public Services, recently approved by the Utah State Board of Regents, will be housed in UVU’s College of Technology & Computing.
The School of Public Services will train public administrators and emergency response professionals such as police officers, paramedics, firefighters and Homeland Security experts.
“This is a major accomplishment since this is the first, and only, school of public services in USHE,” said Jeff Maxfield, assistant dean for the College of Technology & Computing. “We are now the only place which houses police, fire, EMS, Homeland Security, and emergency management all in one place.”
The new school will serve the 2,500 UVU students currently enrolled in public services programs. It is designed to allow the training to be more focused and have greater impact in the community, especially as UVU students become engaged through internships and employment.
“Nationwide there are very, very few schools of public services,” said Maxfield. “It is very rare to find a school that covers all public services. And now the potential is to not only be the top school of public services for Utah and the western U.S., but to become the premier school of public services in the entire country.”
This new school has been in the planning stages since 2003. As seed money to get the curriculum up and going, a generous donation was made by Enid Greene Mickelsen and other Board members on behalf of the D. Forest and Gerta Greene Foundation.
“Since we are tied into the nationwide community of Homeland Security and emergency management, we can be one of the flagships for UVU because we are so unique,” Maxfield added. “There is no other University that will be able to offer all the programs we currently have, or will have in the future.”
UVU’s School of Public services will offer bachelor degrees in criminal justice, forensic science, emergency services administration, emergency management and emergency care (including the paramedic program). It will also offer associate degrees in criminal justice, firefighter/emergency care, fire officer, wild land fire management and emergency services as well as one-year paramedic, police academy, and firefighter recruit candidate certificates.
The School of Public Services will oversee the Criminal Justice, Emergency Services, Forensic Science, Police Training Academy, Utah Fire and Rescue Academy, and Institute of Emergency Services and Homeland Security departments.
Maxfield plans to expand the new UVU school even further.
“Public and community health are programs we would love to add to our curriculum as they would be a natural fit into the School of Public Services.”