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Master of Organizational Leadership Alumnus Randy Mirowski Earns National Fire Chief Award

Posted on October 17, 2013 in: Academics, Alumni, Leadership

Chief Randy Mirowski

LOVELAND, Colo. – Chief Randy Mirowski of Colorado’s Loveland Fire Rescue Authority was recently named the Career Chief of the Year for 2013 by Fire Chief magazine. Mirowski, who completed his master’s degree in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University in 2011, began his career nearly 40 years ago and became Loveland’s chief in 2009.

During his time in Loveland, Mirowski has helped increase firehouse staffing, improve firefighting equipment and expand his fire station. In addition to serving as fire chief, Mirowski is chair of the Board for the Front Range Fire Consortium, a member of the International Association of Firefighters, and an instructor for the Northern Colorado Fire Consortium. He’s authored or co-authored several training programs on leadership, officer training, procedures, operations, and other topics.

Gonzaga’s organizational leadership department, informed by a more than 450-year-old tradition of Ignatian education, challenges students to become leaders for others and to inspire others through their words and deeds.

Joe Albert, chair of Gonzaga’s organizational development and acting dean of the School of Professional Studies, said Mirowski excelled in his courses at Gonzaga.
“He maintained a 3.8 grade point average, and was significantly invested in elective courses that are central to our ethos not only as a department, but also to our University as a whole,” Albert said. “His efforts here at Gonzaga are clearly reflected in his work as fire chief and we are grateful for the opportunity to have had him in our program.”

For his part, Mirowski credited Gonzaga for helping him achieve the award.

“I received the finest education possible, in the great Jesuit tradition,” he said. “There is no question in my mind that my degree, and what I learned and how I grew as a leader from my Gonzaga experience, contributed greatly to this award.”

Mike Carey, dean of Gonzaga’s Virtual Campus and a former professor in the organizational leadership program, said Mirowski’s honor is richly deserved.

“His work throughout his graduate studies had a important impact on us as faculty and other students as well,” Carey said.

For more information, please contact Marnie Broughton at (509) 313-3485 or via email. 

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