Purdue to begin search for new physical facilities VP

May 1, 2013  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - An expedited search will begin immediately to find a replacement for Robert McMains, Purdue's vice president for physical facilities who announced that he has accepted a position at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

The vice president for physical facilities is responsible for the operation, maintenance, planning and construction of campus lands and facilities on all four Purdue campuses, making it a critical position, said Al Diaz, executive vice president for business and finance, treasurer.

"Physical facilities staff establishes and maintains the environment that makes all of our undertakings at the university possible," said Diaz, who will be leading the search for McMains' replacement. "It's a huge task to find someone with Bob's positive attitude, focus and willingness to roll up their sleeves and get the job done. Since Bob came to Purdue in 2008 he has met every challenge with a determination and dedication we are all proud of."

Diaz said the search process will involve posting the position for a two-week period, making the opportunity to apply open to both internal and external candidates. After the posting period, candidates will be selected for interviews, with a selection being made around June 1.

The vice president for physical facilities is responsible for nearly 1,300 employees and oversees areas that include buildings and grounds, facilities construction and maintenance, parking and transportation, central stores, material receiving and distribution, and campus mail.

Writer: Brian Zink, 765-494-2080, bzink@purdue.edu

Source: Al Diaz, 765-494-9705, aldiaz@purdue.edu

University of Alabama at Birmingham news release:

McMains named UAB chief facilities officer

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