New vice president for facilities, engineering named
G. Dewey Yeatts, chief facilities officer and associate vice-president for facilities management at Murray State University in Murray, Ky., has been named The Citadel’s new vice president for facilities and engineering.
Yeatts was among 50 applicants and three finalists considered for the position. Yeatts will succeed Col. Donald Tomasik, who retired Dec. 31, 2007 after 13 years with the college. Yeatts will begin work in early March.
Yeatts has more than 28 years experience in architecture, engineering, construction and educational facilities management. During his 11 years at Murray State he has been a part of the design, construction and capital projects management of $515 million in campus construction, building renovations and capital projects, Murray State recently completed a $6.7 million energy savings performance construction project – the largest in the state of Kentucky.
Yeatts is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a doctorate in educational administration. He earned a master’s in business administration from Wake Forest University and a master’s in architectural engineering technology from Columbia Pacific University.
A native of the Danville, Va., Yeatts grew up in the Dry Fork community. He was previously employed by the City of Danville Engineering Department and the Henry County Public Schools system as director of facilities.
In his new position at The Citadel, Yeatts will oversee the college’s physical plant, construction management office, Public Safety and the Safety and Risk Management Office. In addition the position is responsible for coordinating with the S.C. Commission on Higher Education, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, and other federal, state, and local government and administrative bodies on matters associated with safety, environmental concerns, insurance, disaster relief, energy management, waste management, storm water management, physical security, facility operations and maintenance, and construction.