Facilities Management Director Tim Wynn to retire

Western Today staff

Tim Wynn, director of Facilities Management at Western, is planning to retire this summer. A search for his replacement will begin soon.

“It will be quite a challenge for anyone to follow in Tim’s footsteps as FM director because he has simply done a superb job and his leadership over the past 10 years has helped the university achieve many very noteworthy accomplishments,” said Richard Van Den Hul, vice president for Business and Financial Affairs.

Some of the projects completed under Wynn’s leadership include the major renovation of Miller Hall, construction of buildings such as the Academic Instructional Center, Communications Facility and the Wade King Student Recreation Center. During his tenure, damaging ivy also was removed from the façade of Old Main. And Wynn also actively assisted several notable campus efforts on sustainability, including Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (or LEED) designation for the AIC, Communications Facility and the Rec Center, and his strong support for a student-led initiative to buy 100 percent of Western’s electricity from renewable sources. Wynn also has been active in campus and community activities, including administration of the Sehome Hill Arboretum and appearing in local theatre productions.

“Western is blessed to have an extraordinarily high caliber of professionals who are dedicated to the mission of Western Washington University. It has been a joy to work with people of this caliber. I will miss them very much,” said Wynn, adding, “I will not, however, miss getting up at 4 a.m. on snow days to assess the campus!”

Prior to coming to Western, Wynn was a colonel and commander/director of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Transatlantic Programs Center headquartered in Winchester, Va. The U.S. Navy lauded him in 2000 for exemplary partnership and responsiveness when he directed the $110 million base expansion in Bahrain. Wynn, a professional engineer, holds a BA in science from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, an MBA from Long Island University and an MS in applied science from the University of California. He returned to West Point as an assistant professor of physics from 1977 to 1980.

Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 10:41am
During a tour of construction last January, WWU Facilities Management Director Tim Wynn, middle, shows a model of the completed Miller Hall project to WWU President Bruce Shepard, left, and Sherry Burkey, Western's associate vice president for University

During a tour of construction last January, WWU Facilities Management Director Tim Wynn, middle, shows a model of the completed Miller Hall project to WWU President Bruce Shepard, left, and Sherry Burkey, Western's associate vice president for University

During a tour of construction last January, WWU Facilities Management Director Tim Wynn, middle, shows a model of the completed Miller Hall project to WWU President Bruce Shepard, left, and Sherry Burkey, Western's associate vice president for University

During a tour of construction last January, WWU Facilities Management Director Tim Wynn, middle, shows a model of the completed Miller Hall project to WWU President Bruce Shepard, left, and Sherry Burkey, Western's associate vice president for University