Facilities Management


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.

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.  

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.

Neal Thurman

Neal Thurman, Superintendent of Building Services

Neal started his career at Western in July of 2001 as an extra help employee in Building Services. He was hired on as a status employee during September of the same year. During this time, he had the opportunity to work in several different areas of the university. In October of 2004, Neal was promoted to Sub-Foreman. In July of 2008, he was promoted to Foreman. Aside from his normal duties, Neal was asked to evaluate staffing levels and waste stream diversion rates and report to the Superintendent of Building Services and the Director of Facilities Management. After several years as a foreman, Neal was selected to lead the department as Superintendent of Building Services in September of 2014. He is a McDonough County native. Neal and his family reside in Macomb.

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.