(July 14, 2016) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio has received the 2016 Association of Physical Plant Administrators (APPA): Leadership in Educational Facilities Award for Excellence. It's the nation's highest honor for a higher education facilities management organization.
The award highlights the essential role of facilities operations in a university's overall institutional mission and vision. Award for Excellence nominations are evaluated in leadership, strategic and operational planning, customer focus, information and analysis, development and management of human resources, process management, and performance results.
"It is like winning the national championship in facilities management," said Dave Riker, associate vice president for facilities. "We have an incredible team of leadership, managers, supervisors and employees. UTSA Facilities is about excellence and improving every person and every job, every day. This is another positive step for the institution in its quest to become a Tier One institution."
UTSA is the first University of Texas System institution and one of only three institutions in the state of Texas ever to receive the award. Leading the complete transformation of campus facilities and infrastructure and helping create a modern, dynamic university set UTSA Facilities above the rest.
"While the APPA award recognizes the exceptional work of the facilities team, it likewise speaks to a commitment to excellence by everyone at UTSA by providing the very best education, classrooms and laboratory facilities for our students," said Kathy Funk-Baxter, UTSA vice president of Business Affairs.
Members of the Office of Facilities accepted the award on July 13 at the 2016 APPA National Conference Awards Banquet in Nashville, Tennessee.
APPA: Leadership in Educational Facilities promotes leadership in educational facilities for professionals seeking to build their careers, transform their institutions, and elevate the value and recognition of facilities in education. APPA is the association of choice for more than 15,000 educational facilities professionals from 1,300 educational institutions throughout North America. APPA is an ANSI-Accredited Standards Developer.
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During the forums, the UTSA community will have the opportunity to hear each finalist give an overview of their qualifications, their interest in the position and their vision, followed by a question and answer session with the audience.
Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
All UTSA faculty, staff and students are invited to attend open forums featuring finalist candidates for the dean of the UTSA College of Sciences.
Various Locations, Main Campus
Grad Fest is a fun event for graduates to celebrate your upcoming graduation and help them prepare for Commencement.
Buena Vista Street Building Assembly Room (BVB 1.338), Downtown Campus
The UTSA College of Public Policy and the nonprofit group Our Empowering Women of America (OEW) will host a town hall to discuss possible solutions toward combatting human trafficking.
Buena Vista Street Building Theater (BVB 1.326), Downtown Campus
Co-sponsored by UTSA, the regional conference provides a venue to bring together scholars in the fields of archaeology, ethnography, art history and the general public to share information on research focused on the cultures of the Mesoamerican region. The conference is free and open to the public.
San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave., San Antonio
Future Roadrunners experience life and opportunities at UTSA during this one day Fall Open House.
Various locations, Main Campus
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures will welcome historian Gregory Peek of Penn State University and a panel of music scene personalities to recount the Alamo City’s place in the heavy metal landscape.
UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus
UTSA is an early voting site for the statewide General Election.
H-E-B Student Union Bexar Room (HSU 1.102), Main Campus
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
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