Editor’s Note (The View From Here)
- By Deborah P. Moore
- December 1st, 2016
As this year comes to an end and a new one
is about to start, we look ahead with hope and anticipation.
In January we will have a new president
in the White House with new ideas about how to
improve our education system and make higher
education easier to access and pay for. A new
secretary of education will be named. Funding,
student loans and the upcoming reauthorization
of the Higher Education Act will headline the ensuing debate.
Change is happening everywhere. Here at CP&M two of our longtime
authors, Paul Abramson and Mike Steger, have written their
last columns. Both have been long-time partners of the magazine,
dedicating themselves to the betterment of education and the facilities
where students learn.
Mike Steger has been the CP&M Maintenance & Operations
columnist since 2000, sharing experiences and insights and providing
advice. Mike honed his supervisory and management skills in
the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne in the early to mid-1980s. His career
in higher education ranges from housekeeping and project management
at Regis University, to plant services director for the University
of Mobile, to physical plant services director at Palm Beach Atlantic
University in West Palm Beach, FL, where his assignments were expanded
to include construction and renovation project management,
to his current post as facilities management director at Berkeley
Preparatory School in Tampa. Mike was also a founding member
of FLAPPA, Florida’s educational and networking organization for
higher ed facilities officers. He has served FLAPPA as VP for Administrative
Affairs, president and VP for Financial Affairs. A leader, a
practitioner and a great writer, Mike will be hard to replace!
Also leaving will be Paul Abramson. Paul was instrumental in the
development of CP&M as a standalone magazine in 1998 (prior to
1998, CP&M was a special section that appeared in School Planning & Management magazine). Currently, he serves as education industry
analyst for CP&M and as the author of our annual studies on college
construction. His in-depth knowledge of the industry, his analytical
ability and his personal resolve have led him to identify trends,
research and develop new methods and formulate better ways to get
the job done — improving schools and the profession as a whole. I
have known Paul for nearly 35 years and watched him work tirelessly
to promote the creative and responsible planning of educational
facilities. We wish him well and want him to know that he has been
appreciated and will be missed!
This article originally appeared in the December 2016 issue of College Planning & Management.