Douglas Pearson

111 Maintenance Building

Professional history

Executive Director of Facilities Planning and Management
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
February 2014 – Present
Serve as the chief facilities officer for the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Responsible for providing leadership for the management of UW-L’s facilities and grounds, campus planning and space use, capital project planning, design and construction of facility projects, and implementing the campus physical development plan. Manage an operating budget of $5.6M with 137 staff members and oversee the units of Facilities Management, Planning and Construction, Environmental Health and Safety, and Campus Sustainability. The university has a campus of 128 acres with 34 buildings and a six-year capital budget of $268M.

Director of Facilities
Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, Fennimore, Wisconsin
May 2010 – January 2014
Responsible for all maintenance, construction, safety, and security at the Southwest Wisconsin Technical College Campus. Managed $41 million construction and renovation project including new Health Science Center, new Ag/Auto Center, new 80 acre Public Safety Training Complex, and new Day Care Center. Prepared master landscaping plan and master campus space plan. Managed the design and renovation of Student Services, Administration, Cosmetology, and Library areas. Chair of the Safety Committee. Sat on Behavior Intervention Team. Responsible for maintenance of student housing and functioned as back up for all student housing issues. Supervised staff of 13 full time employees and 22 work study employees. Manage utilities accounts and responsible for third party natural gas purchases. Managed 75 vehicle fleet for maintenance and drivers education. Developed rolling three year maintenance program. Responsible for budget management. Member Southwest Wisconsin Regional Planning Coalition. Responsible for campus security. Developed Liaison Officer Position by working with local law enforcement. Acted as a consultant for the City of Fennimore to address outdated job descriptions and performance evaluations.

Director of Building Services
Madison Metropolitan School District, Madison, Wisconsin
August 1997 – April 2010
I was responsible for managing all buildings and grounds for the Madison Metropolitan School District including 50 buildings and 700 acres. I was responsible for $40 million in public bond construction, all environmental issues including asbestos abatement, fuel oil tank replacement/monitoring, lead paint, and herbicide/pesticide management. Supervised a staff of 205 custodial, 40 trades, 6 engineers, and 5 clerical positions. I implemented vendor managed inventory, purchasing cards, city wide digital phone system, WAN, custodial training program, and CMMS. I managed the development of new properties for future schools. Developed a Facility Assessment tool to schedule deferred maintenance. Managed design and construction for LEED certified elementary school. I worked with regulatory agencies to develop an IAQ program. Developed and managed annual operating budget of $15 million. Implemented $12 million performance contract and an award winning energy management program. I worked with Dane County Bomb squad to train in-house Bomb Search Team. Implemented alternative energy systems including solar water heating systems, photovoltaic systems, and wind assessments. Developed on-line safety training program. Developed Facility Master Plan. Implemented video surveillance system, and district wide security system.

Director Plant Operations
Grady Health System, Atlanta, Georgia
July 1993 – August 1997
I was responsible for managing the building and grounds for the largest health care provider in the southeast including 3 million sq.ft. of inpatient, outpatient and administrative space. Supervised 180 shop personnel. Managed program to open eight neighborhood clinics. Participated in emergency planning for the 1996 Olympics. Managed commissioning process for $200 million expansion/renovation project. Re-negotiated utility rate tariffs, saving over $100,000 annually. Responsible for compliance with JCAHO, EPA, OSHA, and NFPA.

Resident Engineer
Veterans Administration
July 1990 – July 1993
I managed the $10 million renovation of VA Medical Center. The project was completed 6 months ahead of schedule and under budget. I supervised an assistant and secretary.

Electrical Engineer
Department of Army – White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico
July 1987 – July 1990
I designed, estimated and managed construction for a wide variety of electrical related projects. I edited Corps of Engineers specifications and prepared construction drawings using AutoCAD.

Research and publishing

Dissertation Title: Experimental Research on the Improvement of Emotional Intelligence for Facilitating Organizational Change
2013 Speaker at MAPPA on Emotional Intelligence and Organizational Change
2012 Presented paper on power factor correction at AEE World Energy Engineering Congress
2007 Speaker World Energy Engineering Congress on K-12 Energy Management
Thesis Title: Feasibility Study for a Municipal Solid Waste Fueled Electric Generation Facility in Dona Ana County.


Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration, Northcentral University (A.B.D.)
Master of Science, Engineering Management, New Mexico State University
Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering, South Dakota State University
U.S. Green Building Council LEED Green Associate
Association of Energy Engineers Certified Energy Manager
Association of Energy Engineers Certified Energy Auditor
International Facility Management Association Certified Facility Manager