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Neal Embarks on a New Chapter: A Fond Farewell to WIU After More Than 20 Years of Dedication

November 17, 2023

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MACOMB, IL- After over two decades Neal Thurman is retiring. Thurman has been a member of the Western Illinois University community for more than 20 years, effective December 1.

Thurman began his career as a Building Services worker in July 2001. He quickly was promoted to Foreman in 2003 and attained the role he currently holds as Superintendent of Building Services in 2015.

Thurman has seen many changes in the Building Services Department over the last 22 years and has been able to navigate the need to adapt and overcome struggles as a leader in this department. His open-door policy and willingness to listen, whether it be an employee wanting to vent or just a sympathetic ear is what endears him to the Building Services staff.

Thurman's position allowed him to come in contact with nearly every area of WIU. He has been instrumental in WIU's recycling program, and sustainability committee and has served on the Civil Service Employee Council. In recent years Thurman has held the Office of President of the Association of College and University Building Services Supervisors (ACUBSS).

"Neal's easy-going attitude attributes to his friendly, approachable personality," Assistant Superintendent of Building Services Tammy Klinedinst said. "You could go into his office mad at the world and by the end of the conversation be laughing out his door. There have been many times I have gone in there and left with an entirely different look at a situation. He will be greatly missed at Facilities Management."

A retirement celebration will be held from 2-5 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 21 in the Facilities Management Large Training Room. The event will provide an opportunity for the WIU community to come together and wish Thurman well in his next endeavor.

Please join us in extending a heartfelt congratulations to Neal on this well-deserved milestone. His presence and years of experience will be remembered in the years to come.

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