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Senior Associate Vice President for IT and Administrative Services Joseph Lalley

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Staffing changes in Facilities announced


In April 2013, the Ohio University Board of Trustees approved the Ohio Service Alignment Initiative (OSAI) resolution that focused on a six year plan to improve the effectiveness of the core administrative functions both centrally and within the distributed units and their readiness to support a decentralized operating environment under RCM. In the summer of 2013, Vice President for Finance and Administration Steve Golding announced the appointments of two senior associate vice presidents, Deborah Shaffer and Joseph M. Lalley, to provide additional leadership to the division and assist in the implementation of the Service Alignment Initiative. To that end, both leaders will continue to work to both organize and recruit the necessary expertise to support a decentralized management environment that is able to provide the level of service that our customers are looking for and that was recommended by the Huron consultants.

Senior Associate Vice President for IT and Administrative Services Joseph Lalley announced several changes in the Facilities organization today.

Ohio University is in the midst of a capital construction program that will exceed $925 million over the next six years. This is the largest capital plan in the University’s 210 year history and will necessitate that the office of design and construction double in size to support the project portfolio. This sort of growth in staffing and scope requires experienced and focused leadership that is not distracted by the day to day operations of facilities or the other departments that report there. Effective immediately, Harry Wyatt is taking on this new role as associate vice president for architecture, design, and construction. Lalley stated, “We are very fortunate to have someone of Harry’s experience and skill to focus on and lead this effort. He will continue to have a prominent role representing the University’s interests in facility matters with senior administrators, the Board of Trustees, local officials, faculty, and others.” Wyatt joined the University in 2006 and was promoted to associate vice president of Facilities in 2008.

While Wyatt will retain oversight of the offices of Capital Project Accounting and Facilities Programming, the other offices under the Facilities umbrella will report directly to Lalley. These operations include Sustainability, Transportation and Parking, the Facilities Work Center, and Facilities Management.

The University’s current executive director of facilities management, Mike Gebeke, left the University on Feb. 1, to accept a position at The University of Alabama at Birmingham as assistant vice president for Facilities Management. Gebeke joined the University in 2009. According to Wyatt, “Mike’s talent has led the Facilities department to make large strides in many areas including preventative maintenance, utilities management, and urgent response; he’s a great guy and I wish him the very best in this new endeavor.” The University is tapping Adam Riehl, Director of Facilities for Ohio University Southern, to serve as the interim executive director for Facilities Management at the Athens Campus and director of Facilities Management at the Southern Campus effective Feb. 24. 

The executive director’s portfolio includes oversight of access control, energy management, maintenance and operations, custodial services, grounds, mail services, and recycling and refuse. Riehl is well regarded as in his role at the Southern Campus and this provides a wonderful opportunity for the Athens Campus to gain the perspective of the regional campus. Lalley stated: “I am most grateful for the flexibility on the part of Interim Dean of Southern Campus Dan Evans and Executive Dean for Regional Higher Education William Willan to allow us to take advantage of this opportunity.” Riehl is a 1994 graduate of the Russ College of Engineering. The University will be conducting a national search to permanently fill the executive director’s position.