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Important Administrative Update

Dear Colleagues:

Today, as we reopen our campus more fully to employees, I wish to extend both a warm welcome back and my sincere thanks for your continued loyalty and dedicated service to Monmouth. We look forward to re-establishing and renewing our sense of community and camaraderie in the coming weeks as we prepare for a new academic year.

I also wish to extend a special welcome to William (Bill) Siemer, who joins us today as the new Executive Director for Campus Planning and Facilities Management. As you may recall from my previous open calls with faculty and staff, Bill recently retired as Captain from the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps, following an impressive 32-year military career. Bill succeeds Patti Swannack in the oversight of our campus planning, construction, and facilities management functions.

Most recently, Bill served as Executive Officer and Deputy Associate Vice President of the Mid-Atlantic Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command in Norfolk, VA. In this capacity, he led an executive staff in the management of a 4,300-person civilian unionized team and oversaw the delivery of $4.1B in annual design, construction, and facilities services supporting 80 million square feet of facilities valued at $40.3B across 18 Navy and Marine Corps campuses.

Bill is a Registered Professional Civil Engineer, Certified Educational Facilities Professional, Certified Energy Manager, and a Level III (Senior) Contracting Officer for the U.S. Navy – specializing in Construction, Design, and Environmental contracts. Bill holds an M.S. in National Resource Strategy from the Eisenhower School at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, an M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Cincinnati.

Please join me in welcoming Bill to Monmouth and thanking him for his exceptional service to our country. The senior administrative team and I are so pleased to have such an accomplished and collaborative leader in place to help ensure both the maintenance and the optimal utilization of our buildings and grounds within our fine campus.



Patrick F. Leahy