Office of the University Architect and Campus Environment and Operations to Align
Dr. David K. Creamer, senior vice president for administration, has announced an organizational change within Kent State’s Division of Business and Finance to align the Office of the University Architect and Campus Environment and Operations (CEO) under single leadership.
The change will become effective Feb. 1, following the upcoming retirement of longtime CEO Director Michael S. McDonald. Under the change, McDonald’s responsibilities and those of Thomas J. Euclide, director of the architect’s office, will be merged into a single position under Euclide’s leadership.
Euclide’s title will be executive director of Facilities Planning and Operations.
Creamer says the change is designed to provide a more efficient organizational structure that encourages a closer working relationship between the two operations.
“These units already are closely aligned,” Creamer says. “It makes sense to bring together those who design and improve our facilities with those who maintain them.”
Campus Environment and Operations is responsible for maintaining the 127 buildings and 916 acres of the Kent Campus. CEO includes the departments of Business and Supply, Custodial, Energy, Grounds, Maintenance, Occupational Health and Safety, Fleet Services and Structures.
The duties of the Office of the Architect are to ensure that development on Kent State University campuses is orderly and economical, using sound principles of architecture and engineering while ensuring that all projects meet the requirements of various regulatory agencies. Facilities upgrades and construction are driven by capital planning and state appropriations, but include locally funded improvements and renovations.
Total employment of the two operations is approximately 300.