CONTACT: CHARLES S. DRUM
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0048; fax (319) 384-0024
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
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.