James Keck

James Keck

Assistant professor

Scherer Hall, Room 215 Phone: (804) 827-3510 Email:


  • Emergency preparedness
  • Emergency operations planning
  • Continuity of operations planning


B.A., Business Administration and Economics, University of LaVerne
M.H.A., Health Administration, Virginia Commonwealth University


Emergency management, emergency operations planning, incident command systems, introduction to homeland security and emergency preparedness, private sector preparedness, continuity of operations planning, strategic planning in homeland security, critical infrastructure protection and resiliency

Research interests

Emergency management, emergency operations planning, incident command systems, critical infrastructure protection and resiliency


Mr. Keck, an assistant professor in the Homeland Security and Emergency Management program, has more than 45 years of successful experience in emergency management, homeland security, information technology, financial management and health care administration. Prior to joining the Wilder School, he served as deputy state coordinator for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, responsible for finance, federal homeland security grants, human resources, information technology and recovery and mitigation.

He worked with the governor’s office and the General Assembly on legislative bills and state homeland security and emergency management policy. As assistant division administrator for the Security and Emergency Management Division at Virginia Department of Transportation, Mr. Keck conducted business impact analysis and risk assessments for the development of the VDOT central office continuity of operations plan and directed the development of the Critical Infrastructure Information Program and managed the cyber security programs to assure protection of CII data and personal privacy data.

He has also served as the executive director of the Virginia Emergency Management Association, a professional organization for emergency managers in Virginia. Mr.Keck is a retired Air Force veteran where he served in various health care administrator roles in AF hospitals. Mr. Keck was recognized by the International Association of Emergency Manager’s with the 2014 Student Advocate of the Year award.