Timothy W. Sevison has an extensive background in emergency and disaster preparedness and response, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Emergency Management. He most recently served as the Deputy Director for Operations for the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA). Prior to joining PEMA in 2019, Dr. Sevison was a military planner with the Pennsylvania National Guard focusing on homeland response and domestic operations, Deputy Director with PEMA from 2007-2011, and the Senior Deputy Fire Chief and Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Sevison has been involved with emergency and disaster activities at the local, state and federal level for over 40 years, including response to numerous state and federally declared disasters, most recently as the Incident Manager of the Commonwealth Response Coordination Center for the COVID-19 response as well as responses to the civil unrest incidents in Pennsylvania following the killing of George Floyd. He was active with the DHS/FEMA National Urban Search and Rescue Response System since its inception, serving as a Task Force Leader for Pennsylvania, responding to major disasters including 9/11 in New York City, and Hurricane Katrina in Mississippi and Louisiana. His military service spanned over 40 years in the active and reserve components of the United States Air Force, the past 32 years with the Pennsylvania Air National Guard, with primary responsibilities in Fire and Emergency Services and Domestic Operations.
Dr. Sevison earned a Doctor of Science (D.Sc) in emergency management from Jacksonville State University, a Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S) in homeland security/public health preparedness from Pennsylvania State University, and a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Eastern University.