Art Kirkland is the Director of the Office of Emergency Management at UCLA. He has held this position since 2013. Prior to coming to Los Angeles, he served in the same position at Tulane University in New Orleans. He has served in EOCs as Plans Chief, Operations Chief and Incident commander for incidents from hurricanes to fires to active shooters. In response to Hurricane Katrina, he discovered that communication during emergencies is probably the one of the most important components of response. This finding was reinforced during the 2016 shooting incident at UCLA.
Prior to coming to the emergency management community, Art served 25 years in the United States Army. He spent a great deal of this time in the education system, serving as an instructor and assistant professor at the United States Military Academy and the Command and General Staff College. He finished his career as Professor of Military Science for the consortium of colleges and universities in New Orleans. He feels that this time spent on “the dark side” gives him an insight into the concerns of the faculty in a university environment.