Register now for the 2015 CAPPA Technology and Leadership Conference February 25-27, 2015 in beautiful San Antonio, Texas! We have some exciting changes planned for you this year, including two keynote speakers and a new kickoff session called Speed Networking/Business Matchmaking. Academy on Campus Track 3 will be offered February 24-27. Make your hotel reservations soon and be sure to mention CAPPA to receive the special block rate. Visit our website for more information Registration , or email us your questions at email@example.com.
CAPPA is the Central Association of Physical Plant Administrators in institutions, or systems of institutions, which meet the eligibility criteria of higher education, technology, or PK-12. We are a regional chapter of APPA consisting of: United States (Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas); Canada (Manitoba (Province), Nunavut (Territory)); United Mexican States (Aguascalientes, Coahuila, Colima, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Hidalgo, Jalisco, Mexico, Michoacán, Morelos, Nuevo Leon, Puebla, Queretaro, San Luis Potosi, Tamaulipas, Tlaxcala, Veracruz, Zacatecas; Mexico City (Federal District)).Administrators in adjoining states and provinces, even if in another APPA regional association, may elect to join CAPPA.
CAPPA's purpose is to develop and maintain high standards in the administration, maintenance, operation, planning, and development of facilities management in educational institutions; to promote professional ideals and standards to better serve the objectives of education; and to supplement and assist the work of APPA in the Central region.
CAPPA President Glen Haubold:
My father was the Physical Plant Director at TCU for 17 years, and in 1971 he helped me find a job changing air conditioning filters at the university the summer before my senior year. One thing led to another, and except for a brief hiatus, I wound up working in facilities management for the next 44 years – most of them in higher education. I was especially saddened when Art Jones retired, because he was the last member besides Steve Glazner to have known my father from APPA and CAPPA.
My contacts in APPA and CAPPA have served me well; I have worked for Texas Christian University, Texas Woman’s University, the University of North Texas, and now New Mexico State University. As an APPA Toolkit Trainer, I have been able to spend a week at the University of Nebraska, the University of Colorado, Arizona State, Northern Arizona, Montana State, the University of Arkansas at Monticello, the University of Texas at Austin, Missouri State, and the University of Oklahoma.
In the overall scheme of things, I have a long way to go in order to “give back” to the profession that has been so good to me. Completing the CAPPA commitment is a start on repaying that debt and balancing the books.
I remember looking around the TCU Physical Plant in 1971 and thinking about “how old these guys are” – and they were definitely all men back then. By the mid 1980s, we went to an early APPA Institute in San Antonio, Texas, and one of the topics was the aging workforce.
This subject is not new, and I am not terribly concerned about the aging workforce. Higher education has always attracted older folks looking for stability and we have always drawn from military retirees as well as construction personnel who are tired of the ebb and flow of the construction industry. We probably will always have an older workforce as long as higher education substitutes higher than average benefits for a portion of our compensation.
What does concern me a great deal, however, is that a significant number of our member institutions no longer place the premium on professional development for administrative and managerial staff that they used to. For some, it seems to be an issue of funding for travel, and for others, it appears that it is an issue of time away from the primary job – but regardless, many members now find it harder than ever to be able to volunteer to help us and we need to work to change that. It may be that we need to use a larger portion of our budget to support committee travel, we may have to collectively campaign harder with our administrations, and we may have to make changes in our programs that will attract more of our emerging professionals. Most likely, we need to do all three.
Our exciting new webmaster, Markus Hogue at the University of Texas at Austin, told me that he needed something on the website from the current President that would - in his words – “tell us what you are about and what you want to accomplish”. Interestingly, before Bob Eckels talked me into accepting the position as 2nd Vice President, I ran unsuccessfully for the position of APPA Vice President of Professional Development and had to make a two-minute video that’s still available here:
So there you have it. I look forward to being able to give back to the profession that has been so good to me; I find it very rewarding and hope to convince as many folks as I can to give it a try alongside me.