Assistant director of housekeeping isn’t the only position left vacant. There is no director of housekeeping or permanent director of Facilities Services, which oversees housekeeping services.
Bill Burston, former director of housekeeping, left the University Sept. 28, Moon said.
Overton said the search committee assigned to hire a director of housekeeping has narrowed the pool of candidates from 109 to six.
“We are looking for more people-minded candidates that know how to work with and respect people,” Overton said.
The committee plans to bring two or three final candidates to campus and ultimately hire one by April 1, Overton said.
Gena Carter, senior director for employment management and relations, said the department is making progress in reform.
“Members have been elected to the advisory committee and had a kickoff meeting, as well as scheduling biweekly meetings through the end of 2012,” Carter said.
Jill Crowder, a member of the forum who works in Facilities Services, said the departure of the department’s former director Van Dobson, who left Dec. 16, could also provide an opportunity for rebuilding.
The department appointed Ray DuBose, long-time employee of the Energy Services department, as the interim director in Dobson’s place.
“He’s been part of facilities, worked with facilities, knows how things operate and has a management background,” Overton said.
Overton said she and Chancellor Holden Thorp conducted a “listening tour” of the housekeeping department last year, encouraging employees to voice their discontent on issues within the department.
“A theme that emerged was poor management,” Overton said.
Upon complaints of poor management, discrimination and harassment in the housekeeping department, the PRM Consulting Group evaluated the department and provided 45 recommendations for change.
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