Leadership

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View bios of IPF's senior leaders here. The full organization chart also is online.


 

Dan Bollman

Vice President for Strategic Infrastructure Planning and Facilities

In his role as MSU vice president for strategic infrastructure planning and facilities, Dan Bollman oversees Infrastructure Planning and Facilities (IPF) which plans, builds, maintains and beautifies MSU’s physical environment.

Under Bollman, IPF has focused on three key areas: people, to provide an inclusive, safe, and engaging work environment to help advance individuals and teams; partnership, to build strategic and trusting relationships with customers and campus and community partners; and stewardship, to ensure IPF uses its resources strategically and maximizes the return value to MSU.

Since Bollman was named vice president in 2013, IPF has overseen multiple projects that have greatly expanded MSU’s capacity for world-class teaching and learning including the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building which supports MSU’s investment in the Global Impact Initiative; the STEM Teaching and Learning Facility, which houses 117,000 square feet of modern classroom, laboratory, and collaborative space; and the Bio Engineering Facility, which provides a 130,000-square-foot space for collaboration and leading-edge scientific and medical research. These projects and more have helped expand MSU’s building space to 24.5 million square feet, up from 22 million square feet a decade before.

Bollman has also directed IPF during a renewed focus on sustainability, evidenced by the elimination of coal burning at the T.B. Simon Power Plant, the creation of the largest solar carport in North America, a planned 100-acre solar farm south of MSU’s main campus, and active preservation of MSU’s campus arboretum, about 20,000 trees.

Bollman is a registered professional engineer with decades of experience in design and construction. 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, 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.

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 and the Association of Physical Plant Administrators.

Dave Brewer

Director of Building Services

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.

 

Sherri Jett

Director of Power and Water

Jett carries a variety of responsibilities as the lead for MSU’s Power & Water department. As a business manager for the power and water plants, she oversees the utility’s entire infrastructure. From the business side, she steers efforts in developing capital and operating expense budgets for the fiscal year, and from the operating side, she manages a team to keep power, steam and water supplied across campus.

Jett holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in chemical engineering and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Michigan. She attended MSU for her freshman and sophomore year before transferring to the University of Virginia to finish her degree.

George Knierbein

Chief Financial Officer

George Knierbein joined IPF in January 2021 and is the chief financial officer providing oversight to the Support Services team. His team provides support in the areas of business operations, capital project accounting and contracts, materials and logistics, performance management and workplace safety.

George’s goals are to execute on the mission and values of the university and IPF.

He has worked in the food industry for more than 27 years and served in positions as chief financial officer and senior vice president of operations. Most recently he held the position of vice president of supply chain finance responsible for manufacturing continuous improvement initiatives and financial analysis for product distribution activity.

Knierbein holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Michigan State University and an MBA in finance from Wayne State University.

Adam Lawver

Director of Campus Services

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.

 

Christine Leese

Chief of Staff

Before becoming IPF chief of staff in November 2020, Leese served as chief of staff in the Executive Vice President's Office for Administration and has been with MSU for more than 20 years. She provided leadership to several campuswide initiatives that support a culture of high-performance, including employee engagement, innovation, and inclusive and equitable work environments. She has extensive institutional knowledge of the business side of MSU and has a strong financial and human resources background.

As a member of the IPF Executive Leadership Team (ELT), she leads strategic planning efforts and monitors organizational performance through facilitation of action plans, scorecard metrics, and related initiatives to drive continuous improvement. She works to understand the climate and pulse of the IPF division and serves as a sounding board for the vice president, providing advice and guidance in support of the mission, vision, values, and organizational objectives. As an integral member of senior leadership, she recognizes internal and external communication opportunities to increase the visibility of the organization across key stakeholder audiences thereby building and maintaining relationships with campus partners. She oversees Communications, Learning & Development, and IT Governance staff; manages IPF MSU board activities; participates in financial planning and forecasting; and engages in other special projects such as the integration of Land Management and establishment of a new Real Estate Office.

A graduate of Michigan State University, Christine received her bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing and is a Jack Breslin Distinguished Staff Award recipient.

John LeFevre

Director of Planning, Design and Construction (PDC)

LeFevre oversees that Planning, Design and Construction teams that deliver major projects for the university, such as the Music Building addition, Business College Pavilion and Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building.

LeFevre last served as the design administrator within PDC. Before returning to MSU in 2011, he was the senior associate and vice president of Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr and Huber, Inc. from 1989 - 2011. An engineer by trade, LeFevre has a Master of Science degree in civil engineering from MSU.  Following graduation from the College of Engineering, he worked as an engineering student and as a professional engineer on campus for several years.

Jennifer McManus

Human Resources Manager

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.