Furman hired as WWU director of facilities management

John A. Furman, an engineer and U.S. Coast Guard administrator, was recently hired as director of facilities management at Western Washington University.

Furman, who currently serves as deputy at the Coast Guard’s Shore Infrastructure Logistics Center, will begin work at WWU in August. He was hired following a national search and succeeds Tim Wynn, who is retiring.

“We are excited that John has agreed to join Western as director of facilities management. He is a service-centered leader with strong communication skills and a vast array of facilities experience,” Richard Van Den Hul, WWU’s vice president for business and financial affairs, said in a press release. “He also has a strong commitment and proven track record in advancing sustainability, energy efficiency and facility preservation.”

Furman received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and his master’s in civil engineering from the University of Illinois.

For the last 21 years, Furman has managed contracts for maintenance and repair projects at dozens of locations around the country. In his current assignment he is responsible for the overall leadership and management of a 1,380-person organization with 22 satellite locations engaged in management of the Coast Guard’s $12 billion shore facilities.

In prior service, Furman oversaw the completion of a $20 million LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver-certified operations facility for the Coast Guard. He also developed the budget request and phased construction plan for the Coast Guard’s first-ever LEED certified design for a housing development.

As director of facilities management, Furman will manage a staff of 185 full-time employees who are responsible for managing Western’s utilities, maintenance, in-house construction and renovation, and energy conservation.

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