Friday, August 1, 2014

Loring named Associate Vice President for Environmental Health and Safety

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Walter S. Loring, a board-certified health physicist with nearly 30 years of experience in radiologic sciences and safety, has been named Associate Vice President for Environmental Health and Safety at Georgia Regents University.

Loring, who has been serving on an interim basis since 2012, assumed the role permanently in December.

Environmental Health and Safety works to minimize and prevent hazards, exposures, injuries and illnesses in the workplace, and protects environmental quality across the Georgia Regents enterprise.  The Division includes the offices of Biological Safety, Chemical Safety, Environmental Health and Occupational Safety, Fire Safety, and Radiation Safety. As head of the division, he also will be share responsibility for institutional biosafety issues.

Loring has 19 years of combined management experience in health care, academic, and industrial sector environmental health and safety programs. He has extensive radiation safety management experience, including seven years as a radiation safety officer for medical centers licensed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

“Walt brings a broad and extensive knowledge base to our operation,” said Jim Rush, GRU’s Chief Integrity Officer. “His expertise in navigating the complex rules and regulations that govern environmental health and safety have been and will continue to be a huge asset to our operation.”

Before joining GRU in 2012, he served in a variety of management roles, including the Health and Safety Programs Manager at Savannah River Site;  Army Radiation Safety Officer and Health Physics Consultant to the Army Surgeon General at the Pentagon;  Chief of the Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Sciences Branch at the Army Academy of Health Sciences in San Antonio;  Chief of the Health Physics Service and Radiation Safety Officer at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center; and Deputy Scientific Director at the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute in Bethesda, Md.

Loring earned a bachelor of science in Health Care Services from Southern Illinois University and a master of science in radiological sciences and protection from the University of Massachusetts in Lowell. He is a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College and the Army War College Defense Strategy Course.