The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s flagship training program is getting a new leader.

FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate appointed the agency’s region 6 administrator, Tony Russell, head of the Emergency Management Institute. As the regional head, Russell oversaw FEMA’s emergency response programs in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

Before becoming a regional administrator, Russell had been acting director of the Louisiana Transitional Recovery Office, set up after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans.

Based in Emmitsburg, Md., EMI provides emergency management courses for government employees and volunteers.