Bill Elvey to Assume Presidency of Respected Facilities Management Organization

UT Dallas’ Director for Facilities Management Will
Take the Helm of 5,000-Member Group Beginning in July

May 5, 2008

Civil engineer and building management guru William “Bill” Elvey will assume the presidency of the highly-respected facilities management organization APPA beginning in July at the group’s national convention.

As president of APPA, Elvey, who is UT Dallas’ facilities management director for engineering, construction and planning, will oversee the business operations of the association, which runs on a $5.5 million annual budget.

Created in 1914, APPA functions in all phases of educational facilities management, including administration, planning, design, construction, energy/utilities, maintenance and operations. Membership is open to all educational facilities professionals, including those from public and private, two-year and four-year colleges and universities; medical and law schools; seminaries; public and private K-12 schools and districts; museums and parks; military installations; federal, state and city-county governments; and business partners that serve educational facilities.

APPA has more than 1,500 institutional members throughout the United States, Canada and abroad. The group boasts more than 5,000 individual members, who elected Elvey to the presidential post last year.

“APPA is fortunate to have Bill, as he has built a rich background in the educational facilities profession throughout his long and successful career,” said Lander Medlin, APPA’s executive vice president. “In his more than 10-year membership, Bill has demonstrated a keen willingness to take on a solid leadership and stewardship role for the betterment of APPA at the state, regional and international levels.”

In addition to serving as president, Elvey will represent the group on a national steering committee that will dialog about campus security issues. In partnership with the National Association of College and University Business Officers, APPA and several other higher education associations will explore key safety and security threats and compile information to help campuses prepare and respond in the event of a wide variety of emergency situations.

Originally organized as the Association of Superintendents of Buildings and Grounds, APPA later became the Association of Physical Plant Administrators of Universities and Colleges. In 1991, the name APPA: The Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers was adopted to reflect increased higher education-based campus responsibilities. In 2005, the association began to identify itself simply as APPA.

Elvey was elected last year by the organization’s members to become president-elect. That term began a three-year commitment, with one year each as president-elect, president and past-president.

At UT Dallas, Elvey oversees all institutionally-managed design and construction projects. He helps manage about three million square feet of buildings encompassing approximately 80 major structures. He reports to Richard M. Dempsey, assistant vice president for facilities management.

“Bill Elvey brings to UT Dallas both impressive facilities management expertise and years of higher education experience,” Dempsey said. “I’m excited to call him part of the team. I know he will greatly assist us in reaching our goal of becoming a top research institution.”

Elvey remarked that UT Dallas’ unique history and a never-ending supply of projects were key to his decision to join the University last October.

“UT Dallas is experiencing unprecedented growth, and there are several large projects underway or on the verge of launching,” Elvey said. “I’m excited to be on board and leading those efforts, and I’m also honored to represent the University to the APPA.”

Elvey’s responsibilities on campus total more than $20 million in non-capital, institutionally managed projects that span such tasks as small building additions, renovations and other infrastructure-related tasks. He also is assisting with six major capital projects in partnership with UT System and the University, including:

  • $29 million living-learning residence hall totaling 148,000 square-feet and planned for completion in late summer 2009
  • $30 million campus landscape renovation project scheduled to be finished in 2011
  • The $28 million renovation of the Founders Building totaling 160,000 square-feet and to be completed in late 2009 or early 2010
  • $27.5 million, 86,000 square-foot student services building planned for 2010
  • planned $29 million, 74,000 square-foot math and science education center that will begin construction sometime in 2010
  • $9 million, 24,000 square-foot dining facility that should be ready in fall 2009

Elvey, a native Texan, will become president in late July at APPA’s national convention in San Antonio. He previously served 20 years with the U.S. Navy as a civil engineer. Prior to UT Dallas, he was with Virginia Tech for 10 years where he was director of the physical plant and assistant vice president for facilities.


Media contact: Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, newscenter@utdallas.edu

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Bill Elvey

Bill Elvey is director for facilities management at UT Dallas.

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