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Ron Flinn receives his APPA letter of commendation. Pictured from left: Michael Hughes, AVP Ferris State University (MiAPPA VP); Ron Flinn, former MSU IPF Vice President and APPA Past President; Peter Strazdas, Assistant Vice President Western Michigan University and APPA President Elect; and Dan Bollman, Assistant Vice President MSU IPF.

(Photo courtesy of Fonda Kuzee) Pictured from left: Michael Hughes, AVP Ferris State University (MiAPPA VP); Ron Flinn, former MSU VP for Strategic Infrastructure Planning and Facilities and APPA past president; Peter Strazdas, AVP Western Michigan University and APPA president elect; and Dan Bollman, MSU AVP for Strategic Infrastructure Planning and Facilities

Former IPF vice president receives special recognition for outstanding service

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March 11, 2015

Former MSU Vice President for Strategic Infrastructure Planning and Facilities Ron Flinn recently received a special recognition from APPA: Leadership in Educational Facilities and the Michigan Association of Physical Plant Administrators (MiAPPA) for his outstanding service to the educational facilities management profession. MiAPPA will now recognize its Certified Educational Facilities Professional and Educations Facilities Professional certification as the “Ron Flinn MiAPPA EFP/CEFP Credentialing Program.”

APPA is an international organization of facilities and physical plant administrators in colleges, universities and other educational institutions across the world.

 “This recognition is an indication of the groundbreaking work that Ron has accomplished over the years to instill a sense of professionalism within the facilities profession,” said Assistant Vice President for Strategic Infrastructure Planning and Facilities Dan Bollman. “He is a true leader in his field, and this reflects favorably not only on Ron, but also on IPF and MSU.”

Flinn, who recently retired from MSU, served as APPA president from 1996 to 1997. With his management and leadership skills, Flinn was able to help broaden APPA’s outreach to all levels of educational facilities management.

“I am honored and humbled by this recognition from APPA and MiAPPA,” said Flinn. “It is truly unexpected. This also shows how MSU is highly regarded because of its commitment to energy and resource efficiency.”

During his 57-year career at MSU, Flinn was part of the continued energy-efficiency advancements on campus. The T.B. Simon Power Plant was one of the biggest advancements for MSU when it was built in the 1960s, ahead of the energy crisis of the 1970s. MSU’s co-generation power plant uses steam to generate electricity and heat, utilizing various fuels such as biomass, natural gas and coal. In addition to the power plant, MSU demonstrates efficiency through operations such as a hybrid automobile fleet, electric vehicle charging stations, the MSU Surplus Store and Recycling Center and the anaerobic digester. The digester consumes food waste from campus dining halls­—as well as farm waste—and heats it to high temperatures to produce methane gas that generates electricity to power the campus farm buildings.

MSU has also been recognized by APPA and MiAPPA as an efficient leader in its use of resources and staff due to maintaining such a large campus with a smaller staff than many other universities, resulting in some of the lowest unit costs in the Big 10.

“At IPF, we are fortunate to have a highly knowledgeable, dedicated staff who are truly experts in their respective fields. This has not gone unnoticed among our peers,” Bollman said. “Largely through Ron’s efforts, IPF is held in very high regard across the state of Michigan and the nation.”

Flinn retired in January, and his contributions to Michigan State University will be seen for decades to come. He was involved in the design and construction of nearly 75 percent of MSU’s buildings and infrastructure. In addition to his lasting commitment to MSU, his dedication to broadening APPA’s reach will continue to be remembered through the program now named in his honor.

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