Facilities Management


Scott Coker

Scott Coker, Director of Facilities Management

Scott joined the Physical Plant in November 2002 as the University's Mechanical Engineer. Scott had previously spent eight years as a Manufacturing Engineer, with two years at Zexel USA corporation in Decatur, IL and then six years at NTN Bower in Macomb, IL. In July 2008, Scott was named the Assistant Director of the Physical Plant over Mechanical Maintenance and in June 2010 he became the Assistant Director of Facilities Planning & Construction and Building Maintenance. In November of 2011, Scott was selected to be the Interim Director of the WIU Physical Plant, and in October of 2012, was named the official Director of the Physical Plant/Facilities Management. Scott is also an adjunct instructor in the Construction Management Department in the College of Business and Technology. Scott attended WIU in the Pre-Engineering curriculum before receiving his B.S.M.E. from the University of Illinois and his M.S.M.E. from Purdue University. Scott is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Illinois, and a member of APPA and NACUBO.

Mary Howe

Mary Howe, Staff Clerk/Liaison

Mary began her career at WIU in 1990, transferring to the Grigsby Physical Plant in 1992 as a Data Entry Operator. Over the course of her career, she has been responsible for many aspects of Facility Managements business areas such as payroll, purchase orders, request for purchases, and Facility Management's inventory.

She has served with four Directors and two Interim Directors, and now serves as the Director's Assistant, Liaison between Facilities Management and the Campus Community, maintains the Building Representative list for the University and Supervises the Work Order Control Department at Facilities Management.

Carol Beekman

Carol Beekman, Facilities Management Human Resources Liaison

Carol began her career at Western Illinois University as a Student Assistant at the Physical Plant in August of 1992. She then took a full-time position as Clerk/Receptionist in June of 1994, at the Physical Plant. Carol promoted to Route Dispatcher in 1996 and then to Human Resources-Physical Plant in January of 2001. She is currently the Human Resources Assistant Manager for Facilities Management. Carol serves as the Human Resource Liaison for Facilities Management, providing services for the department of 300+ employees. Other responsibilities include chairing the Hiring Committee for both Civil Service Employees and WIU students, counseling employees and supervisors, and providing interpretation of policies and procedures. Carol graduated from Western Illinois University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Business in Finance.

Monte Colley

Monte Colley, Associate Director 

Monte started with WIU as a Mechanical Engineer in March of 2009 with over 25 years of technical and managerial experience as a Manufacturing Engineer working primarily in the automotive industry. Preceding his employment at WIU, Monte spent several years as a Resident Engineer supporting several high volume production lines in Ajka, Hungary. Monte is a native of Macomb, IL and graduated from WIU with a B.S. in Industrial Technology.

George Beckman

George Beckman, Deputy Director of Facilities Management

George joined Facilities Management in November 2008 as a Construction Project Coordinator I. In 2012 He was promoted to Deputy Director of Facilities Management, overseeing the Facilities Planning and Construction (FPC) department. George previously spent eleven years teaching Vocational Industrial Education at Bushnell Prairie City Unit 170 schools. After public education, the following years were spent in various facets of the construction business from Project Superintendent to Estimator for various companies. Mr. Beckman received his BS in Industrial Education & Technology in 1968 and followed with a MS in the same discipline in 1971 from Western Illinois University.

Ted Renner

Ted Renner, Deputy Director of Facilities Management

Ted Renner’s experience prior to Western Illinois University includes residential construction, and inspection work with the Illinois Department of Transportation for the construction of new roads and bridges. During his senior year at WIU he was a student worker in Facilities Planning and Construction at the Physical Plant. Joining WIU as a full time employee in 1999, Ted began as a Construction Project Coordinator designing minor construction projects, and acting as the university representative in larger projects, before being promoted to Deputy Director of Building Maintenance in 2009. Ted has also been a temporary instructor in the Construction Management Department in the College of Business and Technology since 2003. Mr. Renner received a B.S. and an M.S. in Industrial Technology from Western Illinois University in ‘96, and ‘98 respectively, is a member of APPA, and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Patrick Dowdall

Patrick Dowdall, Deputy Director

Patrick Dowdall began his career at the Western Illinois University Grigsby Physical Plant Facility in April of 1988 as a Safety Officer II. He was promoted to Safety Officer III in 1990 and Deputy Director for Environmental Health and Safety in May of 2007. Pat is responsible for Safety Management and Education, Campus Hazardous Waste Disposal, Transportation Services, Heat and Frost Insulators and Maintenance Workers. He has two Bachelor of Science degrees from Western Illinois University in Health Science and Industrial Technology.

Cathy Dwyer

Cathy Dwyer, Deputy Director

Cathy C. Dwyer joined the Physical Plant in June, 1989 as an Accountant I. She was promoted to Accountant II in September 1989, Accountant III August 1990, Business Manager II in April 1992, then Deputy Director February 2008, which is the position she still holds. Cathy has Bachelor's degrees from Illinois State University, in Agribusiness and from Western Illinois University in Accountancy.

Lisa Waller

Lisa Waller, Business Manager, Vending Services

Lisa Waller has been employed at WIU since 1985, and has been working with Vending Services for 22 years. As Business Manager for Vending Services, she works closely with outside vendors to provide snacks, beverages, cold food and ice cream novelties in 131 vending machines located in 28 buildings across campus, 84 of which accept Rocky Dollars. Lisa also works with several vending liaisons located throughout campus that assist her in discovering vending problems and providing refunds. Lisa has a Bachelor of Arts degree from WIU.

Troy Rhoads

Troy Rhoads, Superintendent of Building Maintenance

Troy is a Veteran of the United States Navy, where he worked on the heating, cooling, and pressurization of F-14 aircraft. Later he attended Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville where he earned a diploma in Water treatment. He was employed with the Urbana and Champaign Sanitary District as a plant operator for two years. Troy came to Western Illinois University in 1996. He has worked as a Maintenance worker, Stationary Fireman, Utility Maintenance Repairman, Lead Building Engineer, and most recently is the Assistant Chief Building Engineer who oversees the Mechanical Maintenance Department. While at Western Illinois University, Troy earned his Associates degree in Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning and Refrigeration from Illinois Central College in East Peoria.

Bill Downin

Bill Downin, Assistant Superintendent of Building Maintenance

Bill currently works as an Assistant Superintendent of Building Maintenance. Prior to his current position, Bill worked as part of the Asbestos Abatement Crew at WIU. Bill brings over twenty five years of experience in the general contractor/construction field to WIU. Bill enjoys working with the team of professionals at WIU Facilities Management.

Tara Beal

Tara Beal, Superintendent of Landscape Maintenance

Tara has worked at WIU since 2000, both in Landscape Maintenance and in Facilities Planning and Construction as a Campus Planner. She also occasionally serves as an adjunct instructor of Agriculture, teaching Horticulture classes at WIU. As Superintendent of Landscape Maintenance she oversees the maintenance of campus grounds, including lawn care, tree and shrub pruning, landscaping, athletic field maintenance, and snow removal. She has a B.S. degree in Agricultural Business/Horticulture from Western Illinois University.

Mandi Green

Mandi Green, Sustainability Coordinator

In December 2009, Mandi Green became WIU’s first Sustainability Coordinator. Prior to her current position, she has worked at WIU for approximately 8 years. Mandi earned a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Illinois State University and a Master of Science in Community Health from Western Illinois University. Before beginning her career at WIU, Mandi worked for Caterpillar in Peoria, IL as their Health Education Coordinator for 3 years. Mandi is an active member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education and the Illinois Recycling Association.

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