Mike Gardner has been appointed director of Physical Plant Services at the University of the South following a national search. Frank X. Gladu, Sewanee’s vice president for administrative services, announced the hiring last week. Gardner will begin his duties in Sewanee the first week of December.
Gardner has an extensive background in facility management and 25 years of experience in higher education administration, including service until 2011 as Butler University’s vice president for operations. At Butler, Gardner was involved in the conversion of a vehicle-centric core campus into a green, pedestrian-centered setting, as well as the support of Butler’s Center for Urban Ecology.
"I am honored to be appointed as Sewanee's new director of Physical Plant Services. Sewanee holds a special place in private higher education, and I am excited to support Dr. McCardell and the administration in implementing the new Master Plan. I will work hard to secure the resources, human and capital, required to provide prompt and professional services to students, faculty, staff, the Sewanee community, and the Domain," said Gardner.
“Mike Gardner brings a significant set of skills to the University of the South. I am excited about his collegiate facilities management experience, along with his business and administrative background,” Gladu said. “His enthusiasm and positive approach to problem solving will be tremendous assets in providing leadership for Physical Plant Services. I also would like to thank the entire PPS management team and staff for their diligent efforts and a job well done throughout the four-month search process for a new director.”
The national search began in August and a 10-member search committee narrowed the applicant pool, inviting the top candidates to campus for interviews with students, faculty, staff, key customers and the PPS supervisory group.