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"Lift as You Climb: A Profile of President Mary Vosevich"
Author: Blumenthal, Anita,
Published In: Facilities Manager
Date: September/October 2012

"My thumb got me into this!" declares the new APPA President Mary Vosevich when asked how she entered the field of educational facilities management. It was 1984, and Vosevich, a Midwest native, was working at Monsanto in St. Louis as a research biologist, having earned her B.S. in horticulture/agriculture from the University of Missouri, Columbia. But she was looking for something else. As she was reading the want ads of a newspaper, she saw that her thumb was right on top of an ad for manager of campus landscaping operations at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. It was a perfect fit for her horticulture degree. Her career took off as she assumed more responsibilities--transportation, custodial services, special event management. After five years, she was promoted to manager, environmental services of the Facilities Services Department. One of her initiatives was to establish a facilities services preventive maintenance program. As it was the early 1990s, both technology and environmental issues were growing in importance, and she took initiatives there, too. She implemented a support services management software program and also initiated and carried out a campus environmental program that included recycling and composting, reducing by one-third the amount going into landfills. In this article, the author presents a profile of Vosevich.

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