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Brian Chase resigns for Northern Arizona University; Steve Abt to serve as facilities advisor

June 20, 2011

Brian Chase, director of Colorado State's Facilities Management department for nine years, is leaving the University to take a position as associate vice president for Facilities Management and Capital Asset Services at Northern Arizona University.

Brian Chase“Brian has provided outstanding leadership and direction to campus during a time of tremendous growth and change,” said Amy Parsons, vice president for Operations at CSU. “Not only has he watched over the construction of many new buildings funded largely by our students, but he has championed conservation efforts and carefully managed contracts to capitalize on energy- and budget-saving opportunities. He will be missed.”

Steve Abt to serve as temporary advisor

Steve Abt, emeritus professor of civil and environmental engineering, has agreed to come out of retirement to serve as a temporary Senior Facilities Advisor to Parsons.

Starting July 1, Abt will work part-time to help the incoming interim director and eventually the new director make the transition. Parsons will launch an internal search for an interim director this summer.

“Over the course of the next year as we transition to new leadership in Facilities, I’m excited and grateful that Steve Abt has agreed to serve as a special advisor to me and to Facilities to assist in the transition,” Parsons said. “Steve is a real asset to CSU, and I know that the employees of Facilities and many of our campus constituents will be very pleased that Steve will be serving in this role and lending his leadership and expertise during this time of transition.

“I am also grateful to Brian for his years of service and dedication to ensuring a safe and beautiful physical campus environment that helps the University achieve its objectives.”

June 29 reception planned for Chase

An ice cream social reception for Chase is set for 2-4 p.m. June 29 immediately southwest of the Jack Christensen Memorial Track. Chase starts in his new role July 11.

Steve AbtAbt, a professor of civil engineering who has more than 37 years of general engineering experience, earned his bachelor's degree in civil engineering, master's degree in water resources and doctoral degree in hydraulics, all from CSU. After serving in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and working as a consulting water resource engineer in Denver, Abt joined CSU's faculty in 1976.

Throughout his tenure, Abt has served in several administrative posts at the University including executive associate dean and interim dean of Engineering, director of the Engineering Research Center, Civil Engineering administrative officer, interim head of Mechanical Engineering, Office of Equal Opportunity representative for engineering, Civil Engineering academic coordinator, director of the Hydraulics Laboratory, and other leadership positions.

In addition to his education and research duties, Abt has spent 14 years as a contract Research Station Facility Engineer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, providing facility-oriented services supporting planning, assessment, programming, and construction activities for a 10-state region. A major general, he has served with the U.S. Army/Army Reserve since 1973.

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