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February 21, 2024

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Amid Persistent Staffing Shortage, New Program Focuses on Front-Line Skills

With the staffing shortage showing no sign of abating within educational facilities organizations, FM leaders are redoubling efforts to strengthen the skills and cohesiveness of the teams they have. The newest program to address these goals is APPA’s Invest in Success program...

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APPA President and CEO Search Enters Next Phase

APPA’s executive committee has selected the national search firm Opus Partners to lead the search for APPA’s new President and CEO, as part of the ongoing succession plan for longtime leader Lander Medlin...

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Membership Renewals Are Underway

With APPA’s 2023–2024 membership year ending March 31, member institutions are encouraged to renew their investments now to ensure continuous access to benefits including cutting-edge resources and professional development programs, such as deeply...

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“A Collision Path with Fiscal Uncertainty”: New BOK Chapter Revisits Budgeting Realities

From the 2008 recession to the COVID-19 pandemic, major external environmental factors have contributed to an era of reduced funding in higher education marked by staffing cuts, new working environments, and uncertainty about the future. But “the truth is that higher...

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Critical FM Discussions in Focus at APPA’s 2024 Spring Conference

Who hasn’t watched the news about recent events on collegiate and K–12 campuses? Everything from political unrest, data piracy, and workforce attrition to active shooter incidents have grabbed attention nationally and worldwide...

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APPA Events and Professional Development


2024 Spring Conference

Join APPA and hundreds of other educational facilities management leaders in Nashville April 15–17, 2024, for an unprecedented program focused on the biggest issues... Details >>

Invest in Success

New professional development program, offered virtually March 27–28, “fills a much-needed gap” by providing front-line facilities staff with foundational knowledge and... Details >>

Leadership Academy

Choose from several convenient Virtual Leadership Academies this winter! Registration is also open for the June 2024 Leadership Academy in San Antonio, Texas... Details >>

Institute for Facilities Management

APPA's Institute for Facilities Management offers a robust lineup of educational programs for facilities professionals at every level of their career. The next IFM is in...  Details >>

Supervisor’s Toolkit

Supervisor’s Toolkit is a structured, open-ended, and pragmatic approach to developing supervisors in educational facilities departments... Details >> 


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Executive Director of Facilities Management

University of Vermont

This critical leadership position helps to ensure the success of the University by providing strategic leadership and management oversight for all aspects of facilities, transportation, utility infrastructure, capital construction, and preventative/deferred… Details >>

Maintenance Mechanic Lead

Salisbury University

Leads a team of maintenance mechanics in the performance of semi-skilled general maintenance and/or preventative maintenance work. Duties include performing semi-skilled assignments in building construction and maintenance; preventative... Details >>

Academic Space Planner

North Carolina A&T State University

Uses innovative strategies to analyze and identify solutions for campus space needs. The position must ensure space use is consistent with University strategic goals and reflect the principles of effective, functional, flexible and efficient use of space… Details >>

Campus Planning, Design, and Construction Analyst

Sonoma State University

Responsibilities include planning and coordinating campus moves from start to finish; coordinating movable equipment for multi-million-dollar projects; providing broader and more complex administrative support for major capital and minor capital projects… Details >>



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Industry News


9 key hurdles, accelerators, and tech enablers in education for 2024 (T|H|E Journal)

14 predictions for campus safety and security in 2024 (Campus Safety)

Disability and architecture: ADA and universal design at college campuses (Building Design + Construction)

Look back: Facility management in the 1950s (FacilitiesNet)

Nearly one-third of U.S. public schools use portable buildings (Facility Executive)

3 energy efficiency resources for K-12 facility managers (FacilitiesNet)

U.S. higher education endowments report 7.7% return for FY23 while spending more in support of their missions (NACUBO)

Purpose, pride, and fun among top factors for employee retention (HRO Today)

How to attract workers to far-flung jobsites (Construction Dive)

How can schools tap tax reimbursements for clean energy projects? (K-12 Dive)



Founded in 1914, APPA is a nonprofit organization representing more than 17,000 educational facilities professionals from over 1,200 learning institutions worldwide. APPA’s community represents the broadest coalition of educational facilities professionals possible, ensuring a diversity of experiences and situations, and availability of best practices. Our members also include other nonprofits, libraries, museums, and industry partners. Learn about the benefits of APPA membership.  


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