Hodges University announces 2008 Founders’ Award recipient

Naples, FL (April 14, 2008) - Hodges University announces the recognition of Joe Frazier, Homeland Security Coordinator for the Collier County Emergency Management Department, with its 2008 Founders’ Award – an honor annually conferred upon a Hodges University graduate who has provided outstanding and distinguished service to our community. 

Frazier earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Management in 2002, and followed with his Master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA) in 2003. 

“I have a great deal of respect for Hodges University as it literally changed my life,” said Frazier. “I deeply appreciate the honor which the University has conferred upon me through its Founders’ Award.”

Frazier retired from the United States Air Force after 26 years of service to our country, reaching the rank of Command Chief Master Sergeant (E-9). In his role as Homeland Security Coordinator for Collier County, Frazier was instrumental in helping the county earn its first Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties in 2005 for his efforts in researching, coordinating and purchasing eleven Disaster Response Unit trailers.

Additionally, Frazier established the county-wide Strategic Exercise Planning Group, a team whose sole purpose is to plan and design disaster exercises to test the capabilities of county emergency response agencies. He has also spent time interviewing local World War II veterans for the Capture Living History project, a project that Frazier found incredibly humbling and extremely rewarding as he captured compelling history direct from what is called “the Greatest Generation”.

Frazier was selected as the Hodges University Alumnus of the Year in 2004, and was also chosen as the 2006 Clara Barton Award winner, the highest honor bestowed on an individual from the American Red Cross.   Most recently, he achieved the status of a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) designation from the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM). He is one of only 700 individuals internationally who is CEM certified. 

Though charged with an extreme responsibility to Collier County, Joe is never too busy to devote time and energy to Hodges University. Currently, he is chairman of the American Military Veterans Education Fund cabinet, and is helping the University form a Veterans Club. 

Frazier and his wife, Sally, live in Naples and have two sons. Frazier will be honored at the upcoming Hodges University Humanitarian of the Year awards ceremony on April 23 at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples. The 2008 Humanitarians of the Year are Jerry and Arlene Nichols. The event is underwritten by Robert W. Baird & Co. For more information, phone (239) 598-6159.

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