Girardot to lead UNCP's facilities management
By Scott Bigelow
C. Girardot has supervised construction projects around the globe. His
next challenge is to supervise the biggest construction boom in the
history of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
Girardot has accepted the job of assistant vice chancellor for facilities
management at UNCP. In this newly created post, he will supervise the
offices of Facilities, Planning and Construction and the Physical Plant.
Girardot worked as a consultant on construction projects with UNCP
for the past 18 months. He reports to Neil Hawk, vice chancellor for
the Office of Business Affairs.
"I believe UNCP is very fortunate to attract a person with David's
background," Hawk said. "He is very knowledgeable in each
of the areas that he will direct and has the experience to move our
physical plant operations up another notch.
"I see him developing more and better policies to help guide our
operations, enhancing the beauty of our grounds and the cleanliness
of our buildings, and providing a plan for physical plant operations
that will lead us to even a higher level of service," he said.
"I am excited about our selection and look forward to working with
David to bring about positive changes in our physical plant operations."
Girardot served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for 23 years, including
assignments in Vietnam, South Korea, Libya, Ecuador and the United States.
Among other posts, he served as senior Army advisor to the Mississippi
National Guard, deputy commander and commander of Facilities Engineering
in South Korea and deputy commander and commander of the Waterways Experiment
Station in Vicksburg, Miss.
After leaving the Army, Girardot supervised construction and maintenance
for a 16 years at four universities, Ohio Northern University, Old Dominion
University and UNC Wilmington. At UNCW, he was assistant vice chancellor
for business affairs - facilities and was responsible for the planning,
design and construction of $200 million in projects.
UNC Pembroke has more than $60 million in construction projects going
on today, Girardot said.
"When you consider that our available staff at Facilities Planning
and Construction is only five people, that is a lot of construction,"
he said. "The enrollment growth at UNCP has been so rapid that
construction is just now catching up."
Girardot said new construction and renovation work at UNCP is both
challenging and rewarding.
"My job is all about seeing this huge construction boom stay on
track, within budget and on time," he said. "The University
received $57 million in North Carolina Higher Education Bond money,
and the purpose of this program is to bring the University up to the
level where we can effectively serve the needs of the people of North
"I see UNCP growing into a beautiful and efficient mid-sized university,"
The Physical Plant Department at UNCP has about 80 employees and is
also growing to meet the needs of a growing University.
"Our maintenance staff is evolving from serving a small to serving
a medium size university," Girardot said. "This presents many
challenges for us as we play catch up."
A San Francisco, Cal., native, Girardot received a Bachelor of Science
degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri at
Rolla and a Master of Business Administration degree in financial administration
and organizational behavior from Mississippi College.
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