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Wishing Al Allen a Happy Retirement

Al Allen in a hard hat in the Cub construction project
Al Allen, Associate Vice President for Facilities Management at Stetson, shepherded the renovation and expansion of the Carlton Union Building, seen above in December 2017.

Please join us in thanking Al Allen for his vision and dedication to Stetson University as we bid him farewell and a very happy retirement on Tuesday, April 30, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Lynn Presentation Room of the Rinker Welcome Center.

Allen arrived at Stetson in 2010 and has played a vital role in transforming, improving and enhancing Stetson’s facilities as Associate Vice President for Facilities Management.

He oversaw the renovation, expansion and stunning transformation of the Carlton Union Building in recent years. And he was in charge of the construction of the Marshall & Vera Lea Rinker Welcome Center, which was named the 2017 Outstanding Sustainability Project in the state by the Florida Planning and Zoning Association.

“Al’s exceptional work and environmentally positive influence are ubiquitous at Stetson University and will influence generations to come,” said Bob Huth, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

Al Allen, associate vice president of Facilities Management, and Matt Adair, director of Project and Construction Management
Al Allen, left, and Matt Adair, director of Project and Construction Management, talk about the Carlton Union Building project before the work began in late 2016.

Allen’s history and passion for the environment has helped to significantly reduce the University’s carbon footprint as well as its use of water from the aquifer. Allen has implemented strategies to reduce rainwater runoff, so that this water will help replenish the aquifer over time.

Before joining Stetson, Allen was President of SODEXO Educational Facilities Services and was responsible for the facility function at approximately 250 colleges and universities across the country. While at SODEXO, he received the higher education’s Association of Physical Plant Administrators Eagle Award – the highest award recognizing the implementation of partnerships around programs and projects carried out by business partners.

Allen will be succeeded by Bonita Dukes, who begins her full-time appointment on Wednesday, May 1, as the University’s next associate vice president for Facilities Management. Dukes comes with more than 20 years of experience and most recently served as associate vice president for business services at Clark Atlanta University on its 126-acre historic campus.