Bruce Kendall is the new director of the Office of Facilities Engineering and Operations, effective Aug. 17. He will assume responsibility for more than 450 buildings and structures that range in age from new to 175 years; 900,000 square feet of leased space; 20,000 acres of land; and about 8 million square feet of owned facilities worldwide.
Photo: Click on thumbnail for fullsize image. Contractor install scaffolding around the Arts and Industries building in preparation for repair and restoration of the historic building. (Photo by Christopher Lethridge)
“Bruce’s background of managing large and challenging facilities programs makes him an ideal leader to oversee the Institution’s diverse portfolio of buildings, operations, maintenance and revitalization projects,” Under Secretary for Finance and Administration Alison McNally said, in making the announcement. “I am confident that his public, private and nonprofit experience, combined with his collaborative and collegial style, will help build on the strong partnerships between OFEO and the units.”
Since 2002, Kendall has served in several facilities management positions for the Los Angeles Unified School District, which serves 680,000 students at 1,000 locations. Since 2005, he was the LAUSD Deputy Chief Executive of Existing Facilities overseeing more than $500 million in repair and modernization projects annually, managing a similar routine maintenance and operations budget and supervising 1,800 employees and contractors.
Kendall also has extensive experience in using information technology to improve facilities management, having served as the Chief Information Officer, Naval Facilities Engineering Command for the United States Navy and in other key senior facilities management positions during a distinguished career with the Navy.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of South Carolina, a master’s degree in human resources management from Pepperdine University and a master’s degree in computer systems management from the Naval Postgraduate School.
He replaces William Brubaker. Clair Gill, who has served as Acting Director of OFEO since November 2007 will continue to serve as Deputy Director of OFEO.
Posted: 24 August 2009