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Release: Nov. 8. 1999

Richard Gibson announces his retirement

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Richard E. Gibson, University of Iowa associate vice president and director of the Facilities Services Group, has announced he will retire June 30, 2000, after 40 years of service to the University.

Gibson, who graduated from the UI in 1957 with a bachelor's degree in commerce, came to work at the UI in 1960 as assistant registrar. In 1965 he was named director of space assignment and utilization. He was appointed director of facilities planning and utilization in 1970, and director of planning and administrative services in 1985. In 1995 physical plant services were added to his responsibilities and in 1996 he assumed his current position.

The Facilities Services Group includes some 650 employees working in areas as diverse as engineering, custodial services, power plant operations, and landscape design.

Douglas K. True, vice president for finance and university services, said Gibson's detailed understanding of the university's physical needs and his commitment to excellence have enabled him to leave a lasting impression throughout the campus.

"When Dick first came to work at the university, we had fewer than 12,000 students. He has played an essential part in ensuring that we had the capacity to accommodate a more than doubling of our student population and an even greater increase in research activities," said True. "He has helped make this campus a more pleasant and productive place to work and study, including providing leadership in construction of many new buildings including the Seamans Center, Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Boyd Law Building, the Levitt Center, the Iowa Advanced Technology Laboratories, Biology and Pharmacy additions and most recently the Medical Education and Biomedical Research Building now under construction. Dick worked directly with world-famous architects, including Frank Gehry, Gunnar Birkerts, and Charles Gwathmey. However, Dick helped build more than buildings here. He worked tirelessly to improve the quality of the services we provide every day."

True said that a search committee will be named promptly to find a new director of facilities services.