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Release: June 27, 2000

John Amend is appointed UI director of Facilities Services Group

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- John R. Amend, associate vice president for administration at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), has been named associate vice president and director of the University of Iowa Facilities Services Group. Amend will begin his new duties Aug. 21. He replaces Richard Gibson, who retires June 30 after 40 years of service to the UI.

As director of the Facilities Services Group (FSG), Amend will direct a workforce of about 620 people in campus planning, design and construction services, facilities planning, operations and maintenance, utilities, and space planning and utilization. His appointment and annual salary of $120,500 are subject to approval by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa.

Since 1992, Amend has served as UNLV's senior campus facility officer responsible for leadership and administration of planning, design, maintenance and operations of the campus physical environment. Prior to that, he was UNLV's director of facilities management from 1989 to 1992.

Amend, who is 48 years old, started his professional career at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He was a civil engineering designer from 1974 to 1977 and a construction engineer from 1977 to 1981. In 1981, he was named assistant director of the physical plant at Nebraska. From 1987 to 1988, he served as interim director of the physical plant.

The new FSG director earned bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering and a master of business administration degree from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Amend's professional associations include memberships in the National Association of College and University Business Officers, the Society of College and University Planners, and the Association of Facilities Officers in Higher Education.

Duane DeRaad, director of UI utilities, will serve as interim FSG director until Amend's arrival on campus in August.