The search committee for the Physical Plant Department (PPD) director has announced that five finalists will visit The University of New Mexico campus to participate in a series of open forums and meetings with administrators, faculty, staff and students. 

All members of the campus community are invited to attend the open forums and are encouraged to ask questions of the candidates and provide feedback to the search committee.

The director of PPD is responsible for over 400 employees – the largest department at UNM – and an annual budget of approximately $63-million. PPD is responsible for the care and upkeep of the physical campus environment comprising of more than 12-million square feet of facilities and 680 acres of land. PPD also maintains and operates the University’s district energy system which provides electricity, steam, chilled water and domestic water throughout the majority of UNM’s Main Campus.

The Finalists:

Rick Martinez

Rick Martinez
Rick Martinez is a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Systems from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a MBA in Management from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (UMHB) in Belton, Texas. He has served in leadership roles in Facilities Management for the past ten years, most recently as the Vice President for Campus Planning and Support Services at UMHB. Martinez is credentialed as a Certified Facility Manager (CFM) through the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and as a Certified Educational Facilities Professional (CEFP) through APPA.

He is an experienced change manager and has a thorough understanding of planning, design and construction, facility maintenance, custodial operations, landscape services and fleet maintenance. Rick is a strong advocate for facilities services and understands the importance of the Physical Plant Department to the overall mission of the University. He firmly believes that teamwork, communication, integrity and customer service are critical components of any successful Physical Plant Department. When realized, the Physical Plant Department provides the environment to attract and retain the highest quality faculty, staff and students. 

Martinez has been married to his wife, Julie, for 29 years and has three grown children.

Open forum: Thursday, April 20, 10:15–11 a.m. & 2:45–3:30 p.m., Hokona Hall, Hokona Cellar

Al Sena

Alfred Sena
Al Sena has over 23 years of experience in facilities; 19 of which are educational. During that time, his primary focus has been on building maintenance, design and planning public schools and state facilities. The past 18 years have been spent building and pursuing excellence in the Rio Rancho Public School district (RRPS). He is in his 15th year as the Executive Director of Facilities where he oversees custodial, maintenance, planning, design, construction and real estate services. Prior to his tenure at RRPS, he served the State of New Mexico at the Public Education Department in the Capital Outlay Bureau and the Property Control Division of the General Services Department in Santa Fe.

While at RRPS, Sena has helped guide the district to construct and maintain seven new campuses, several additions and building renovations. Under his leadership his department has been recognized with numerous awards for maintenance performance, design and sustainability. He is responsible for over three-million square feet and 600 acres spread over 19 campuses. He has direct oversight of 140 employees and a $10.7-million annual department budget. He has also managed an annual average capital budget of $19.4-million over the years. Sena holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master’s degree in Architecture from UNM's School of Architecture and Planning.

Sena has been married for 33 years and has three children and a grandson. He serves on the Board of Regents for the New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and is a member of several professional organizations.

Open forum:  Monday, May 1, 10:15–11 a.m. & 2:45–3:30 p.m., Hokona Hall, Hokona Cellar

John Morris

John Morris
John Morris has been in higher education facilities management for over 35 years, with 24 years at Colorado State University, seven years with the University of Colorado-Boulder and five years with Northern Arizona University. While at Colorado State University, Morris began as an engineering technician, became the campus mechanical engineer, advanced to the campus Energy Conservation Officer position, then advanced to the Manager of Utilities and Energy and finally became the Manager of Operations. At the University of Colorado-Boulder, he served as the Director of Facilities Operations. While at CU Boulder, under Morris' leadership, the department received the prestigious Award for Excellence in 2012 from APPA. At Northern Arizona University, Morris serves as the Associate Vice President of Facility Services.

Morris received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Colorado State University in Mechanical Engineering and is a registered professional engineer in Colorado and Arizona. He is also a member of numerous professional organizations such as APPA, Society of College and University Planners, Association of Energy Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers and American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers. Morris has been active with APPA and the Rocky Mountain region of APPA (RMA) for over 25 years and has received numerous awards and recognitions. Most recently, he received the APPA Fellow Award, which is APPA's highest individual achievement award.

Open forum:  Tuesday, May 2, 10:15 – 11:00 a.m. & 2:45 – 3:30 p.m., Hokona Hall, Hokona Cellar

Thomas Piccorelli

Thomas Piccorelli
Tom Piccorelli is passionate about higher education and this wonderful prospect to help lead a dynamic public university as UNM’s Director of PPD. With over 25 years of progressive administrative & operational management expertise, his experience spans higher education, manufacturing, distribution & healthcare and a broad range of facility disciplines including physical plant, operations & maintenance, utilities/infrastructure, custodial, transportation, event & mail services, grounds, sustainability, EHS and construction.

A lifelong learner & first-generation college graduate, Piccorelli has earned a B.A. in Education & Biology and an MBA in Operations Management & Marketing. As Asst. VP for Facilities, Physical Plant & Environmental Health & Safety at Oberlin College and Conservatory, he oversaw 130 union & management professionals, 2.6-million square feet of diverse buildings and upwards of 650 acres of athletics fields, grounds and arboretum. His work history includes distribution & manufacturing roles as Corporate Operations Manager & Director of IT (12 US & International sites) & as Director of Operations & IT (2 OH sites). He also has experience in Student Affairs & Campus Auxiliary Services at Case Western Reserve University (urban research & residential university with 12,000 undergrad & graduate students).

Piccorelli works to foster inclusivity, cooperation & collaboration, and proactively engage the diverse stakeholders & campus areas to address facility needs & expectations. He is especially proud of the department’s sustainability and energy savings efforts and their being presented the APPA Leadership in Educational Facilities 2013 Sustainability Award for campus-wide sustainability practices.

Open forum:  Wednesday, May 3, 10:15–11 a.m. & 2:45–3:30 p.m., Hokona Hall, Hokona Cellar

Michael Allen

Michael Allen
Michael Allen was born and raised on a farm in western Pennsylvania. After moving to Ohio, Allen worked on an assembly line at a General Motors car plant while attending college. He earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Youngstown State University, with a mechanical major. Allen began his engineering career with General Motors as a plant engineer, designing and constructing manufacturing process systems and facilities. 

Always having a strong interest in the higher education field, Allen took his plant engineering expertise to the University of Akron's maintenance and construction department to begin his career in higher education facilities. Having a true love and passion for the people and this work, Allen has continued his career in higher education, leading physical plant departments at universities in South Dakota, Tennessee and Montana. He has been a leader in building efficiency and sustainable design and operations efforts, including helping write state legislation for building performance standards. An early believer of continuous process improvement efforts, Allen has applied plant engineering and manufacturing ideas to improve higher education physical plant operations and maintenance departments with great success, including increasing customer service levels and improving employee satisfaction. Allen brings over 20 years of highly successful leadership experience of very diverse higher education physical plant departments.

Open forum:  Friday, May 5, 10:15–11 a.m. & 2:45–3:30 p.m., Hokona Hall, Hokona Cellar