UNCG Campus Weekly

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Tom White, set to retire as Facilities Operations Utilities Manager, receives Betty Hardin Award

Photo of Tom WhiteWhen he retires June 30, Tom White will be leaving a pair of very large shoes for someone to fill.

Tom White, Facilities Operations Utilities Manager, received this year’s Betty Hardin Award at the recent UNCG Business Affairs Luncheon.

The Facilities Operations Connections newsletter noted, “Tom was very deserving of this prestigious award. He takes the initiative to get things done, takes pride in his work, and quite often he goes above and beyond what is expected. In addition to his regular shift he has, on many occasions, worked all hours during the night and weekends taking care of emergencies and he does so without complaint.”

White joined UNCG in 1999. He quickly moved up the ranks from Maintenance Mechanic I to Utilities Manager, where he has been responsible for 35 employees in Electric, HVAC, Plumbing, and the Steam Plant. He and his colleagues are responsible for maintenance and repair of over 4 million square feet of electric, steam, chilled water, and sewer systems and infrastructure.

In presenting the award, Reade Taylor noted, “His position is high stress given the critical nature of the services within his area of responsibility. He is extremely dependable and always responsive to issues that may come up any time of day, any day of the week.”

He added, “He has been called back to campus on Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, and after hours an innumerable number of times leading his team in planned and unplanned utility repairs. Tom leads by example.”

– Adapted from June Facilities Operations Connections newsletter
Vickie DeBari wrote the article for newsletter. Jeannie Lasley, photographer.