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June 27, 2103 Volume 34, No. 32

New facilities operations director a familiar face at MU

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WELCOME BACK Jeff Brown, director of facility operations in Campus Facilities, is part of the Renew Mizzou renovation project. He worked for Mizzou for 20 years before leaving in 2009. Photo by Madeline Beyer.


Jeff Brown hit the ground running when he started April 1 at MU as director of facility operations in Campus Facilities. His first assignment was to help put together the $22.85 million Renew Mizzou project, which entails top-to-bottom renovations of Swallow and Jesse halls and decommissioning Pickard Hall.

Brown is responsible for maintenance, mail services, custodial and special services at MU. 

Though Brown has been busy during his first few months, he’s happy to return to Mizzou, where he worked for 20 years. Brown was an MU student by day and an employee on the evening shift, working as a pipefitter for Campus Facilities. Upon completing his bachelor’s degree in business, he became a maintenance supervisor and then maintenance project manager. After 20 years on the job, Brown decided he needed to gain experience as a facilities director to further his career, he said.

In 2009, Brown joined the University of North Texas-Denton (UNT), where he was responsible for maintenance operations, custodial operations, project management, construction, moving operations, access controls and energy management. Under his watch, 43 chillers were replaced with two chilled water plants. 

Brown said he’s proud that UNT’s new football stadium was the first in the United States to earn a LEED platinum rating. The university’s business leadership building earned LEED gold.  

After a stint at UMKC — where he was responsible for maintenance, custodial, construction, landscape services, access controls and movers — Brown was ready to bring the knowledge he’d gained back to MU. 

— Karlan Seville