April 20, 2010
Blevin's certification denotes achievement of the highest level of educational facilities mastery.
APPA, the association dedicated to leadership in educational facilities, announced that Dale Blevins, unit manager for housing facilities at Texas Tech, has received the new Certified Educational Facilities Professional (CEFP) credential.
Blevins was first hired by University Student Housing in May 1987 as the department's first locksmith. Since then, he has worked his way through the ranks to his current position.
“I’ve been in Housing Facilities for 23 years,” Blevins said. “I’ve been attending APPA institute for last two years. Attending the institute has definitely improved my professional ability to do my job.”
The CEFP is as a way to validate the unique knowledge and competence required of an accomplished professional in the educational facilities field, said Jack Colby, chairman of APPA’s Board for Educational Facilities Professionals Certification.
“Working for an educational institution is a calling – one that affects the future every day,” Colby said. “The CEFP program was designed to confirm professional achievements in the field and illustrate a superior understanding of what it takes to create and maintain safe, functional and inspiring learning environments, now and for future generations. By earning the CEFP designation, Dale shows his superior mastery and commitment to his work, his institution and his colleagues.”
Housing Facilities is the maintenance, repair and renovations unit in University Student Housing.
The unit is composed of 120 personnel who maintain approximately 1.7 million square feet of floor space in 18 campus facilities.
Each year, the unit processes approximately 20,000 work orders from 6,500 residents and manages $5 million in renovation projects.