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U of M Names Michael Allen Assistant VP for Physical Plant

For release: January 18, 2011
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843

Michael Allen
Michael Allen
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.

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