AVP and IPF Executive Leadership Team bios
Dan Bollman oversees the functions of the Infrastructure Planning and Facilities unit. Bollman, a registered professional engineer with decades of experience in design- and construction-related activities, is the associate vice president for Strategic Infrastructure Planning and Facilities. His most recent previous position was director of Planning, Design and Construction, where he was responsible for all estimating, design and construction activities on campus related to construction of new facilities, renovations, maintenance and repair, infrastructure and landscape. The annual construction volume for projects on campus ranges from $100 million to $150 million.
After graduating from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, Bollman spent five years managing the construction of major projects with the United States Naval Civil Engineer Corps. He then returned to MSU to work in various capacities within Planning, Design and Construction before becoming director.
Bollman holds a master’s degree in resource development, is a LEED Accredited Professional and a Certified Educational Facilities Professional. He is active in the Construction Owners Association of America, Association of Physical Plant Administrators and the National Society of Professional Engineers.
Jennifer Battle is the chief strategic implementation officer, a role within IPF Administration focused on organizational and resource effectiveness. In her most recent previous role as the director for Campus Sustainability, Battle has led large organization-wide planning initiatives such as the Energy Transition Plan and MSU’s Sustainability strategy including the creation of the Be Spartan Green initiative. She has also served as project coordinator for the (former) Office of the Vice President for Finance and Operations where she was responsible for project management of the environmental stewardship initiative, safety and security initiatives, and Boldness by Design coordination for operation and support units.
Battle holds a bachelor’s in food science and a specialization in connected learning from MSU, and a master of business administration in management from the University of Michigan—Flint.
Lynda Boomer is the director of Planning, Design and Construction for Michigan State University Infrastructure Planning and Facilities (IPF). She is responsible for the planning, design and construction of new facilities and major renovations on campus and has worked for MSU for over 28 years in IPF Planning, Design and Construction (PDC). The annual construction volume for projects on campus ranges from $100 million to $150 million. After graduating from MSU with a B.S. in electrical engineering, Boomer spent a number of years as an electrical designer with a focus on energy management and later moved into project management for the university. Before becoming the director of EAS, Lynda served as the energy and environmental engineer for campus, as well as the design administrator. As project manager in EAS, she oversaw the design of the Chemistry Building addition that was the first building on campus to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification with the United States Green Building Council. Lynda is a registered professional engineer in the state of Michigan and a LEED accredited professional. Be Spartan Green!
Dave Brewer, Ph.D., oversees operations for Maintenance Services, Building Performance Services and Project Services.
With more than 10 years of facilities experience, Brewer was previously the assistant and interim director for Housing Operations at The University of Alabama. He also served The University of Alabama in staff training, summer operations engagement, curriculum development and as a course instructor.
Brewer’s bachelor’s degree in organizational communication is from Central Michigan University. His master’s degree in secondary, adult and higher education is from Grand Valley State University, while his Ph.D. in mass communication is from The University of Alabama.
Robert Ellerhorst manages the T.B. Simon Power Plant, and his responsibilities include budgeting to provide reliable energy, water and recycling and waste-management services to the university as well as developing the use of alternative fuels to supply energy for MSU.
Ellerhorst’s prior positions at MSU include: maintenance engineer, where he led the maintenance staff of a pulverized coal-fired co-generating power plant, interacting with architects, engineers and water treatment consultants to maintain plant environmental data and analyze plant performance data to plan and recommend major improvements; architectural/civil design supervisor staff engineer, where he was responsible for planning, analyzing and scheduling the design and inspection of building and utility systems on campus; and assistant construction superintendent, where he represented new MSU construction projects.
Ellerhorst has a bachelor of science and a master of science in civil/structural engineering, both from MSU.
Adam Lawver provides leadership and strategic vision for Custodial Services, Landscape Services, Surplus Store and Recycling and Transportation Services.
Lawver’s goals include helping employees and campus customers advance their knowledge and transform their lives through MSU’s mission, and to create a work climate that promotes and recognizes diversity, life-long learning and the achievement of results. He believes that people should experience an aesthetically pleasing, safe and sustainable campus environment.
Lawver is a national Baldrige examiner, licensed landscape architect and has held multiple roles at MSU beginning as a student employee. His most recent position was the interim director of Landscape Services. Lawver has an MBA in Integrative Management, Master of Science in Construction Management and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, all from MSU.
Jennifer McManus is the Human Resource Manager for IPF. Her area supports IPF as a strategic partner in Unit Strategy initiatives, procedure, policy administration, compliance and statistical metric reporting.
She works to strengthen employee development, an IPF strategic objective, by creating a pipeline of T-Shaped individuals through the employee life cycle touch points: recruitment, onboarding, performance & training, retention and succession planning.
McManus leads the Workforce Engagement Subcommittee which defined and developed the IPF T-Shaped competencies. She represents IPF and the University in contract bargaining, employee union grievance matters, and organizes and implements unit training initiatives and special events focusing on the employees of IPF.
McManus holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University. With 27 years of experience at MSU, McManus has been a valued member of not only IPF, but also Residential and Hospitality Services. She is a Certified Human Resource Specialist and serves on many committees in her field.
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Barb Wilber has worked for multiple departments during her career at MSU. Wilber began at the MSU Physical Plant as a student gardener and then as a student assistant in Maintenance Services. Other responsibilities have included lawn care, construction project management, delivering internal mail, managing the unit’s budget, operating building environmental systems, reading utility meters, supervising the Dispatch Operation and serving as a unit representative on a variety of university-wide committees.
Wilber earned her building construction management degree while on educational leave between 1993 and 1995. Upon returning to MSU, she represented the university as the construction project representative on the MSU College of Law building project. Other notable efforts include growing the Central Control Operation and developing use of energy management systems by skilled trades staff.