Physical Plant gets new director

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After years of serving as the director of Missouri Western’s Physical Plant, Lonnie Johnson is retiring this semester.  Taking his place is the newly named director, Jerry Gentry.

According to a press release posted on Western’s website on Nov. 10, Gentry started his duties on Dec. 2 and is in charge of “the development and implementation of programs, policies and procedures related to the operation and maintenance of physical facilities.”  He is also tasked with managing the maintenance and custodial staff of the university.

Gentry brings with him experience in plant management, maintenance supervision and project management.

Dr. Cale Fessler, vice president for finance and administration, believes Gentry will be a beneficial addition to Western’s staff.

“We are thrilled to have someone with Jerry’s level of expertise fill this position,” said Fessler. “His technical knowledge and extensive project management experience will serve the University well.”

Gentry has worked at Heartland Health Systems, Schultz Electric Inc., Nelson Electric Inc. and most recently for Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc.

Having attended Western for two years before leaving for Hillyard Technical Institute to become an NJATC School Certified Electrician, he is excited to be working on campus.

“Having grown up in St. Joseph, I know what a critical role the University plays in the community, and it will be an honor to come to work here every day,” Gentry said.

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