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Michael J. O’Connor Named Physical Plant Director at Appalachian

Michael J. O'ConnorBOONE – Michael J. O’Connor has been named physical plant director at Appalachian State University.He will begin his duties in April. O’Connor, who has served the past three years as head of the Marine Corps’ Facilities Branch Headquarters in Washington D.C., replaces Larry Bordeaux, who retired in December.

In his role as Facilities Branch administrator, O’Connor managed a $750 million annual maintenance budget for 21 Marine Corps bases around the world, as well as directed senior level staff in strategic planning, policy development, budgeting and program management.

O’Connor was the commanding officer for the presidential retreat at Camp David from 2001-03. He led a multi-disciplined organization responsible for a range of self-sufficient support of the president, vice president, heads of state, senior government officials and guests. In this position, he directed engineering, planning, maintenance, airfield, housing and utilities, and security services.

Before serving at Camp David, O’Connor was an executive assistant with the Naval Facilities Engineering Command where he oversaw management operations and coordinated activities of senior executives in the $2.5 billion-a-year global engineering, facilities and services organization.

O’Connor received a B.S. in mining engineering from Pennsylvania State University and an M.S. in civil engineering from the University of Maryland. He is a registered Professional Civil Engineer and has completed the Fuqua School of Business Advanced Management Program at Duke University.

“Mike O’Connor’s broad and extensive range of managerial experience in the area of physical support services will serve Appalachian well,” said Gunther Doerr, chief of the University Police Department and head of the search committee for the position. “His oversight of operations, maintenance, planning, utilities, engineering and finances in his previous positions make him particularly qualified for his new role at Appalachian.”