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Griffin Named Director of Facilities Management

January 4, 2018

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MACOMB, IL -- Kenneth Griffin, consultant and principal manager and engineer, Reynolds Engineering, has been named director of Facilities Management at Western Illinois University, effective Jan. 22.

Griffin has served as a consultant and principal manager and engineer at Reynolds Engineering since 2016. In this role, he has worked with HVAC systems and LED lighting systems, locking, security and fire alarm systems, utility management, leadership development and customer satisfaction.

Previously, he was the county administrator for King William County, VA from 2015-2016. Griffin has also worked as the director of public utilities, Smithfield, NC (2014-2015); general manager of BJWSA in South Carolina (2011-2013); assistant county administrator/director of operations and management, Hillsborough County (Tampa, FL) (2006-2011); and general manager of Pearl River Valley Water Supply District (Jackson, MS) (1993-2006).

"Ken's multifaceted, and many years of, experience will allow him to further enhance our facilities at Western and keep day-to-day operations running smoothly," said Matt Bierman, vice president for administrative services.

A licensed professional engineer and an American Public Power Association Certified Power Manager (CPM), Griffin received his Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi, a master's degree from Cornell University, a master's degree from University of Southern California and his bachelor's degree from University of California-Irvine.

The director of the Facilities Management provides leadership and oversight for meeting the physical facility needs of the University, while maintaining compliance with appropriate federal and state statutes, laws and regulations. This position provides senior level administrative oversight and responsibility for the administrative and operational functions of the Facilities Management including facilities administration, building and mechanical maintenance, building services, facilities planning and construction, heating plant, utilities, landscape maintenance, environmental health and safety, fire protection, transportation services and environmental sustainability. The director supervises and mentors unit supervisors, while overseeing approximately 300 employees.

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