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ERIC Number: EJ1017847
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0882-7249
Celebrating the Past, Ensuring the Future--A Profile of President Glenn Smith
Blumenthal, Anita
Facilities Manager, v29 n5 p12-16 Sep-Oct 2013
"I had no idea how to convince someone to hire me," recalls APPA President, Glen Smith. His first interview was with Bryn Mawr College, a small, prestigious private college with Quaker roots, located 12 miles west of Philadelphia. That was in 1997, after 24 years in the Naval Civil Engineer Corps, and he still remembers a certain apprehension. He was hired as director of facilities services and has been there ever since. Smith points out that many of the skills he developed in the Navy have served him well in his current career--especially leadership. Early in his career, he found APPA's books to be invaluable references in transitioning and having a better perspective on what he was getting into, and APPA continues to publish excellent books on all aspects of facilities management. As he begins his presidential year, Smith says, "My theme is APPA's Celebrating and Building Upon APPA's 100 Years." In part, he says, this is a year for "celebrating and for reflecting on our history--how far we have come, not just technologically, but professionally." In addition, Smith wants to seek ways for APPA to find and encourage the next generation of facilities managers. "We are seeing the graying of senior facilities managers, he says, and anytime the economy has a downturn, people postpone retirement. We really need to look at how we can reach out and recruit new people to come into the profession." In this article the author presents a profile of Smith.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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