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Cal Poly-Pomona executive named to Stanford facilities post

STANFORD -- Chris R. Christofferson, who has 20 years of experience managing facilities and projects at Southern California universities, has been appointed director of Facilities Operations at Stanford, Geoffrey Cox, vice provost for institutional planning and management, has announced.

The appointment is effective Monday, June 12. Christofferson replaces William Witscher, who left Stanford last year.

Christofferson is currently associate vice president for capital planning and facilities management at California State Polytechnic University-Pomona, a position he has held for three years. He previously was director of physical plant for nearly 10 years at Pomona, which has 17,500 students on a campus of 1,384 acres.

Stanford's student body is slightly smaller, about 13,500 students, but the campus covers 8,100 acres and has an average daytime population of 30,000. Christofferson's unit will include Zone Management; Shops; Grounds and Special Events; Transportation Programs; and Utilities.

Altogether, about 400 people work in Facilities Operations, which also deals regularly with outside contractors and consultants.

Among the first major projects Christofferson will handle are the installation of new utilities and upgrading of existing utilities to accommodate the new Science and Engineering Quadrangle, and major improvements to the campus chilled water system. He also will be active in the search for a new manager of the Utilities Division, a position that is now vacant.

Christofferson began his career at California State University-Fullerton in 1975 as a building operations manager. Five years later, he moved to the CSU campus at Long Beach, where he served as campus energy manager and assistant director of plant operations until 1982, when he became associate director of physical plant at Pomona.

He was promoted to director in August 1983, and served in that capacity until April 1992, when he was named associate vice president.

In that position, Christofferson has overseen master planning, facilities planning, design, construction and commissioning of new buildings, as well as maintenance of existing buildings and grounds.



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