Navy captain to take helm of UI Facilities & Services

CHAMPAIGN — A Navy captain will be the new director of facilities at the University of Illinois, the campus announced Tuesday.

Allan M. Stratman is a captain in the Navy and executive officer of the Navy Facilities Engineering Command for the Southwest. His appointment, effective Sept. 3, is pending approval of the UI Board of Trustees, which next meets July 24-25 in Chicago.

Stratman, who is based in San Diego, oversees public works, capital improvements, real estate and planning, facilities and utilities management, and environmental services for 20 different Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force installations in six states. Stratman will be retiring from the Navy after 27 years of military service.

"Allan Stratman has a wealth of experience and the proven leadership skills that bode well not only for (UI) Facilities, but also for the university," Chancellor Phyllis Wise said in the announcement. "In addition, he has a long record of accomplishment and public service."

Stratman will replace Jack Dempsey, who is stepping down to become associate director for sustainable environment in the UI's Center for Sustainable Environment. Dempsey has been executive director of Facilities & Services since 1999.

With the new appointment, the division will shift oversight of parking and printing services to other campus administrative units. Parking will report to the chancellor's office, and printing will be part of the Illini Union's operations.

The facilities division, which includes utilities, has an annual budget of about $125 million, according to campus spokeswoman Robin Kaler. Large construction projects, such as the State Farm Center renovation, will be under his supervision as well as building maintenance, planning and other areas.

Stratman's salary will be $192,000, according to Kaler.

Prior to his current job, Stratman was commander of the 25th Naval Construction Regiment and responsible for Naval Construction Force planning and operations in the Middle East, Caribbean and Central America.

During the war in Afghanistan, he led a group of 4,300 engineers, directed Naval Construction Force operations in response to the earthquake in Haiti and led humanitarian relief efforts in the Philippines.

A native of Springfield, S.D., he also held numerous other positions in the Navy and earned several medals over the years.

Stratman earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from South Dakota State University and a master's in geotechnical engineering from the University of Texas.

In the announcement, Wise also thanked Dempsey for his service as executive director of Facilities & Services.

"He has led F&S during a period of great technological evolution and always has been responsive to the needs of the campus, from seeing to it that our buildings were maintained, our streets and sidewalks cleared, our grounds mowed, our classrooms clean and safe," Wise said. "What's more, he has been at the forefront of our sustainability efforts, including reducing energy usage across campus, saving both natural resources and money."

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