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Healthy at Work Officers & COVID-19 Response Team

To request assistance achieving WKU's fall 2020 operational norms, to report safety concerns, or to report contact with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 contact 270-745-2019 or wkuemgm@wku.edu.


Healthy at Work Officers

WKU has designated Healthy at Work Officers (HWO) as prescribed by the Governor’s Office. These individuals have a wealth of experience and will provide strong technical expertise and leadership in overseeing the university’s tactical response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The officers are:

  •    Laura Tomlin, Assistant Director EH&S: Lead HWO Program Coordinator
  •    Brandon Higgins, Manager Worker Comp & Safety: Employees, Regional Campuses
  •    Michael Gaddie, Associate AD/Sports Medicine: Athletics Staff and Student Athletes

The Healthy at Work Officers will coordinate to implement strategies and tactical plans to support the campus response to COVID-19.  


Designated COVID-19 Response Team

In addition to the designated Healthy at Work Officers, additional personnel will support the campus communities related to operational requirements around COVID-19. These include:

  •     David Oliver, Director EH&S/EM: Emergency Management and EOC Operations
  •     Melna Wilson, Coordinator EH&S/EM: Campus Case Response Coordinator                  
  •     John Sunnygard, Associate Provost Global Learning International Affairs: International Operations Interface
  •     Ken Branch, Director Facilities Management: Facilities Readiness and Operations 

Additional roles and resources will be included as governmental requirements and situational changes dictate.

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 Last Modified 6/18/20