Friday May 13, 2011

A Steward

Beth Keyes, newly promoted to vice president for facilities management, is helping shape development of a campus that now spans the Great Miami River.

Beth Keyes, who is helping oversee the development of the University of Dayton's largest land acquisition since the school’s founding in 1850, has been promoted to vice president for facilities management.

A 21-year University employee, Keyes previously held the title of assistant vice president for facilities management. She is the first woman to hold the position at the University and will oversee a staff of 112 employees, continuing the leadership role she held in her previous position. Facilities management is responsible for maintaining and developing 3.9 million square feet and 387 acres of campus property.

Her most recent major projects include the development of College Park Center, the renovation of space in the 1700 South Patterson Building for the University of Dayton Research Institute, graduate programs and phase one of a new alumni center, and a groundbreaking for the GE Aviation Dayton Electrical Power Research Lab. Next week, the University breaks ground on a $25 million apartment-style residential development along a block of Brown Street.

Keyes joined the department in 1990 and supervised the departments of maintenance and operations, planning and construction management, grounds and parking lot maintenance, contracted services, energy management, environmental sustainability and residential properties maintenance. She serves on the president’s council and is a registered LEED-accredited professional.

Before that, she worked for the University as a consultant and at various architectural firms as a designer. 

“It’s obviously been a great opportunity for me to start from the ground up in facilities management and work on so many different areas on campus as it’s grown,” Keyes said. “There have been lots of opportunities for me to grow and progress at the University of Dayton, and I look forward to continuing that. It never would have been possible without a great staff.”

Keyes, of Kettering, holds a bachelor's degree in design from the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning.

For more information, contact the Office of University Communications at 937-229-3241.