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Davidson Names Holthouser As Facilities Director

David Holthouser
New Facilities Director David Holthouser.

November 8, 2000
Contact: Bill Giduz 704/894-2244 or bigiduz@davidson.edu

Davidson College has promoted David M. Holthouser, an eight-year employee of the college, to director of facilities and engineering. He succeeds his former supervisor, Robert W. Collins, who has retired after 10 years in the same position.

Holthouser, a 1992 engineering graduate of N.C. State University, will supervise more than 70 employees in operating and maintaining almost 130 college buildings representing a total of $300-million worth of facilities and infrastructure.

He will also oversee planning of grounds and landscaping, construction of new facilities, the motor pool, and college-owned housing.

Holthouser joined the Davidson staff as a summer employee following his graduation from N.C. State, and soon was hired full-time in maintenance. He has accepted increasing responsibilities since that time, first as supervisor of zone maintenance, then as manager for construction projects. He has been responsible for campuswide deferred maintenance needs, installation of replacement windows in residence halls, renovation of the admissions and financial aid offices, and construction of the college's newly-opened West Residence Hall. He was most recently supervisor of construction to renovate the former gym and build a new performance hall that will comprise the $30-million Knobloch Campus Center. That facility is scheduled to open next year.

Robert Norfleet, vice president for business and finance, said Holthouser's educational qualifications and knowledge of the campus aren't the only reasons he was selected for the job. "David is universally respected by everyone he has worked with on campus, and by outside architects, contractors, fellow plant directors, and residents of the village," said Norfleet. "He is an excellent planner, communicator, manager, and leader. We are very fortunate to have someone of David's caliber who can rise to this opportunity. Indeed, he is already having a wonderfully positive impact on his department's service to the college."

Holthouser said he is grateful for the confidence the college has placed in him, and feels fortunate to have worked closely with Collins during the past few years. "My appointment is symbolic of the fact that the college is happy with the many good things Bob Collins accomplished here," he said. "I am thankful for the opportunity Mr. Collins gave me to learn so much from him about the business, and look forward to carrying on his work."

In addition to the Campus Center construction, Holthouser said the college will soon be renovating the current College Union as a music and classroom building, and renovating its main administration and classroom building to increase the amount of classroom and office space. In addition, it is continuing to update its utility infrastructure, and will construct a central chiller plant for air conditioning.

Davidson is a highly selective independent liberal arts college for 1,600 students. Since its establishment in 1837, the college has graduated 23 Rhodes Scholars and is consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country by "U.S. News and World Report" magazine.

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