Facility and Property Management program receives two prestigious awards

BYU’s Facility and Property Management (FPM) program was awarded the International Facility Management Association’s Foundation Trustee Award and the Student Chapter of the Year Award at IFMA’s international conference this month in San Antonio.

Past recipients of the trustee award have included individuals, corporations and chapters that have made significant contributions to the IFMA Foundation and supported its cause, said Robert Peterson, foundation chair. 

“This is the first time that the trustees have selected an accredited degree program to receive this award,” Peterson said.

Dr. Jeffery Campbell, FPM department chair, attended the conference with six students and Beverly Harmon, an advisor in the School of Technology.

“I was surprised when the email arrived stating we’d been selected,” said Dr. Campbell. “Only one Foundation Trustee Award is given each year, and it’s never been given to a university before. We feel very honored.”

Trever Nicoll, IFMA student chapter president, accepted the award on behalf of BYU.

“We have an amazing student body who continually strive to raise the bar of excellence.  I’m proud of all the students in our program,” Nicoll said. “They are working hard to develop their skills to become the future leaders in facility management.”

Nicoll will graduate in December 2013. He interned last summer with Marriott International and looks forward to other opportunities in facility management.

“Our program emphasizes leadership and strategic planning,” Dr. Campbell said. “Our students are highly sought out by recruiters.” 

IFMA is the accrediting body for BYU’s Facility and Property Management program and is the world’s largest international association for facility management professionals, with more than 22,000 members worldwide. Its members manage more than 37 billion square feet of property each year.

To learn more about BYU FPM visit http://fpm.byu.edu/.

 

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