My father became a higher education physical plant director after owning his own business, and somewhere along the way, my career goal became the top facilities job at a university. New Mexico State University (NMSU) Senior Vice President for Business and Finance Jennifer Taylor gave me that opportunity in 2008 and, guided by our philosophy of One Team | One Goal, our facilities organization was a recipient of the 2016 APPA Award for Excellence. I was also privileged to serve on the APPA Board of Directors and receive the APPA Meritorious Service Award. I retired as the chief facilities officer at NMSU in April 2019.
I’ve told the story many times that I started my career in facilities with Texas Christian University (TCU) when I was in high school. In 1971 in Fort Worth, after you turned 16 you found a job once school let out. The college students were finished for the semester and had returned to their hometown, and jobs were plentiful. Minimum wage was $1.65 per hour, but there was an exemption for students. We were paid $1.10.