The Public Safety Institute at MCC-Blue River announced that Rusty Sullivan has been selected as the new director of the PSI effective July 27, 2015.
Sullivan has a solid background in public safety and has been a full-time faculty member of the Public Safety Institute since 2001. He holds an associate degree in criminal justice, a bachelor of arts in social psychology (emphasis in public safety), and a master of arts in psychology (emphasis in conflict management and dispute resolution/analysis).
Sullivan served as a captain for the Grandview Fire Department for 27 years until his recent retirement. His public safety experience includes 12 years as a reserve police officer with the Belton Police Department. He is currently an instructor for the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) organization, Fire Science Technology Chair for the Missouri Community College Association (MCCA), and a Missouri Peace Officer Standards and Training Subject Matter Expert in tactical communications.
His achievements include working with the PSI administration to obtain FESHE certification for the PSI. FESHE is a network of emergency services-related education and training providers that work with coordinators of two- and four-year academic fire and emergency medical services (EMS) management degree programs.