UNT names retired Air Force engineer Associate VP of Facilities

UNT names retired Air Force engineer Associate VP of Facilities

UNT names retired Air Force engineer Associate VP of Facilities
September 09
07:36 2013

Mollie Jamison / Staff Writer

Recently retired deputy director of the U.S. Air Force Civil Engineer Center David Reynolds joined the UNT staff on Sept. 1 as the Associate Vice President of Facilities.

Reynolds holds a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College, a master’s in civil engineering from Clemson University, a master’s in political science from Midwestern State University and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

“I believe my U.S. Air Force experience makes me a perfect fit for the UNT Facilities team and gives me a great appreciation for some of the challenges that UNT’s leadership team faces,” Reynolds said. “I’ve spent nearly 30 years honing my skills in operating what the Air Force calls installations but the academic world calls campuses.”

As Vice President of Facilities, Reynolds said his job includes handling vehicle management and maintenance, grounds maintenance, energy management, custodial services, recycling and facility planning.

“I see facilities as the foundation of the educational environment,” Reynolds said. “And I believe that great facilities shape the environment so that UNT’s students and faculty can focus on their goals and excel.”

Elizabeth Webb, a campus life ambassador for Student Activities, said facilities are more important to the UNT campus than many students realize.

“They take care of the campus and give us a clean and safe environment that we as students can learn and study in,” said Webb, an advertising senior. “Sometimes there needs to be a change in leadership, new views and ideas and a fresh way of doing things.”

After a nationwide search and recommendations by a UNT search committee, Vice President for Finance and Administration Andrew Harris selected Reynolds for the position.

“David was selected from among a pool of highly talented applicants,” Harris said. “His professional credentials and distinguished U.S. Air Force career in all areas of facilities management set him apart from the other candidates.”

Harris said that Reynolds’ job is critical to the continued success of UNT and the strategic plan called “Four Bold Goals.”

“The leadership he will provide to the hundreds of employees within Facilities ensures the upkeep of our beautiful campus, the maintenance of our hundreds of buildings and the best use of the millions of square feet making up our classrooms, laboratories, offices and community spaces on campus,” Harris said.

Reynolds is a registered professional engineer and a fellow in the Society of American Military Engineers.

“My leadership experience gives me a great appreciation for UNT’s mission of advancing educational excellence and preparing students to become thoughtful, engaged citizens of the world,” Reynolds said. “I’ve had a career long responsibility to train and develop my staff whether they were uniformed military or civilian civil servants.”

Reynolds said he is looking forward to returning to north Texas. His first assignment in the Air Force was in Wichita Falls.

“My family and I are buying a home in the area and looking forward to settling back in for a long while in the North Texas community,” Reynolds said. “I’ll stay as long as I can have positive impact on the growth and development of the UNT community.”

Feature photo courtesy of David Reynolds 

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