McMahon joins GSU as Director of Safety and Risk Management


Grambling State University has added 29 years of experience in public health, environmental and occupational health sciences, safety training, team building, hazard analysis, compliance, and risk reduction with the hiring of Dr. John F. McMahon as the new Director of Safety and Risk Management. McMahon’s hiring was effective as of Aug. 1.

He worked for over 20 years at two mayoral agencies for the city of New York and spent the last three years as the Director of Risk Management for the nonprofit Federally Qualified Health Center which operates nine primary care clinics.

At GSU, McMahon is charged with the responsibility of identifying, evaluating, and analyzing risks inherent to the operations of the university.

“Dr. McMahon is uniquely qualified for this position,” said Dr. Penya M. Moses, GSU’s Chief Operating Officer. “His technical expertise, years of experience, and collaborative instincts have garnered the respect of everyone he has worked with, both inside and outside the university. We welcome his experience to Grambling State University in directing the university’s risk, environmental health, and safety operations in an effort to take on the full range of important risk management issues facing GSU.”

Dr. McMahon has participated in SACS, ABET, Sedgwick, HRSA, Federal Tort, and Energy audits; and served on the Louisiana State Committee for Institutional Advancement, Rapid Response Grants, and energy-efficient campus upgrades of lighting and HVAC controllers.

He holds a Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership from Louisiana Tech University; a Master’s of Science degree in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences from Hunter College, City University of New York; a Master’s of Arts Education in Secondary Science from Louisiana Tech; a Graduate Certificate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Louisiana Tech and a Bachelor’s of Science in Medical Sociology with a minor in Biology from City College of New York.

“It’s an honor to be part of the Gram Fam,” McMahon said. “I know I’m in great company to build on the mission and vision of Grambling State University with teamwork, inclusion, and best practices in campus safety.”