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Two appointed to key posts in Facilities

STANFORD -- Two key appointments in facilities were announced earlier this year by Kemel Dawkins, associate vice president for facilities. Joining the staff are Mark Jones as director of Facilities Project Management, and Kathleen Cruise, manager of the utilities division.

Jones, who most recently worked at the University of Southern California, is filling a newly created position. Cruise, who comes from Pacific Gas & Electric Co., succeeds Michael McKnight, who left Stanford at the beginning of the year.

Dawkins said he created Jones' position to unify the five different groups that were previously working independently to manage construction projects on campus. Those groups are seismic engineering, medical projects, construction, university projects and special projects.

Jones works with the project managers who deal with outside contractors, inspectors and engineers hired to do work for Stanford. Joining the five groups under one manager will enable the 35 people on his staff to more easily deliver high level and consistent service, Jones said.

Jones earned his bachelor's degree in architecture from USC and a master's in urban planning from the University of California-Los Angeles. Prior to coming to Stanford, he held a similar position at USC for four years.

Before entering the building industry in academic settings, he worked as an architect, a construction administrator, and a contractor for large architecture and engineering companies in California and Arizona.

"I understand the viewpoints of all the different players, so I can integrate the process," Jones said.

He manages approximately $100 million per year in building expenditures and is presently working on such projects as the Gates Computer Science Building, a $34 million project to be completed by the end of 1995.

Jones will report directly to Dawkins.

Cruise's appointment was announced jointly by Dawkins and William Witscher, manager of Facilities Operations and Cruise's direct supervisor.

Cruise manages a staff of 50 people in eight divisions who maintain the university's utility services - water, gas, electricity and steam - 24 hours a day.

The staff also manages the three lakes on Stanford property (Felt, Lagunita and Searsville), the storm and sewer drains, road paving and grading, and fire alarm and sprinkler systems.

A longtime employee of PG&E, Cruise was "on loan" to the federal government prior to working at Stanford. She worked in Washington, D.C., for one year on the "Greening of the White House" program, a project aimed at making the president's residence more environmentally responsible and energy efficient.

She designed the technology transfer and educational components of the program, aimed both at industry and at tourists who visit the White House.

Cruise has nurtured an interest in energy efficiency since she started her career in the building industry 30 years ago.

"I found as a designer I liked natural lighting and ventilation," Cruise said. "I believe that the most comfortable environments from a human standpoint are also the most energy efficient."

In the early 1990s, Cruise led the team that designed the PG&E Energy Center in San Francisco. The center has extensive exhibits of energy conservation devices and techniques and is popular among visitors and building industry representatives alike.

At Stanford, Cruise hopes to initiate more projects designed to reduce campus energy consumption. Her staff is currently working to identify buildings with inefficient lighting and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) systems, and to upgrade the facilities.

Cruise holds a bachelor's degree in architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and a master's degree in business administration from Golden Gate University.


Heather Carlson is an intern with the Stanford News Service.


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