For release: January 18, 2011
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Michael Allen has been named the new assistant vice president for Physical Plant
at the University of Memphis. He began work at the University in December.
Allen is a licensed professional engineer with broad knowledge in design, construction
and operations. He has more than 15 years of senior-level administrative experience
in university facilities departments, and he has extensive experience in facilities
strategic planning and campus master planning as well as in local, state, and federal
standards, regulations, and codes.
He joins the U of M from the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS), where, as the
senior construction and design engineer, he managed statewide major maintenance and
capital projects for nine DHS campuses. He also provided facilities management expertise
to campuses and central administrative staff, including operations and maintenance,
planning and construction, utility systems, energy use, and sustainability leadership.
“We’re pleased to welcome Michael Allen to the Business & Finance Division team,”
said David Zettergren, vice president for Business & Finance. “His wealth of experience
will be an asset to the entire University.”
Allen has also worked for more than nine years at The University of South Dakota as
associate vice president for Facilities Management, providing administrative leadership
for three core areas that comprise the university facilities group – Facilities Management,
the Department of Public Safety, and Environmental Health and Safety/Risk Management.
There he championed the first LEED certified building project in the South Dakota
Board of Regents system, produced the Custodial Operations Renovation Plan (CORe)
for re-engineering maintenance departments which prevented staff reductions and increased
customer satisfaction, migrated building control systems from old pneumatic to the
latest digital technology, and installed Web-based campus automation capacity producing
energy savings and improving customer comfort.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Youngstown State University
and has been a licensed professional engineer for more than 20 years. He attended
the Institute for Facilities Management, sponsored by APPA Leadership in Education
Facilities (formerly the Association of Physical Plant Administrators). He is an APPA
Facilities Management Evaluation Program (FMEP) evaluator and is an active member
of numerous professional Associations.