Candidate Bios for Associate Vice President of Facilities Management

March 21, 2018

Below are the bios for the candidates for the position of Associate Vice President of Facilities Management. 

Jeanne Rynne, Candidate for March 29, 2018

Jeanne Rynne (jeen rin) has had an extensive career in building and managing facilities in the public education sector.  Jeanne is a licensed architect in California and Washington and has also worked in construction and project management.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in architecture from Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio and plans to complete a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Evergreen State College this June. 


Jeanne is currently the Associate Vice President for Facilities Services at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.  In this position she over sees the following workgroups: capital construction and planning, plant operations and maintenance, construction services (in-house construction crew), building services (custodial), grounds, motor pool, space scheduling, and key services.  Through her position at the college, she also serves as a staff advisor to the student Clean Energy Committee, the Space and Land Use Group (SLUG), and the Campus Art Advisory Committee.


Before starting at the Evergreen State College, Jeanne worked in the Washington State Governor’s Office as a capital budget analyst managing the education portfolio for K-12 through higher education.  Additional K-12 experience includes serving as the Regional Coordinator for Northwest Washington in Washington’s School Construction Grant Program and as the Capital Projects Program Manager for Puyallup School District No.3.  While at Puyallup School District, Jeanne managed a capital projects team of fourteen to execute a $200 million construction bond program.  Jeanne began working in Washington as a construction administrator for an architectural firm which focused on K-12 construction in the Bellingham area.  Jeanne gained additional higher education experience as the Dean of Capital Facilities at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia, Washington.




Toby Smith, Candidate for April 3, 2018

Toby Smith joined Cupertino Union School District in September 2000, assuming the position of Director of Facilities Maintenance, Operations, and Transportation. In his role, he is responsible for the administration of the Measure ‘C’ & ‘H’, General Obligation Construction Bonds and management of seven departments, Maintenance, Operations, Security, Transportation, Fleet, Grounds, and Property Management. Major focuses include establishing departmental policies and procedures, budget, implementing a range of required services, and ongoing stewardship of 2.2 million square feet of educational facilities, located in six cities.


Education:  AAS in Biology, Pierce College, Tacoma. BA in Business Management, Saint Mary’s College, Moraga.  MBA, Saint Mary’s College, Moraga (completion 6/18).

Fields of Expertise: Educational Facility Construction and Maintenance; Dr. W. Edward Deming’s Total Quality Management (TQM); Computer Systems Administrator, with expertise in MS Excel, MS Access, MS PowerPoint, AutoCAD, Timberline/Sage Estimating, Website Design, and Computer Maintenance Management Systems (Maximo, Mainsaver, Prism, Tririga); Emergency & Disaster Preparedness (Member of the Santa Clara County EMA) : Grant Writing within my Purview; Project Management; Electrical Engineering


Prior Public School, University or District Employment:  Sacramento Regional Transit District, 1998-2000; Stockton Unified School District, 1995-1998; Campbell Union High School District, 1993-1995; San Jose State University, 1988-1991


Professional Highlights:

  • Hold U.S. Patent No. US 7,857,498 B2 for a New Type of Electronic Lighting Ballast
  • Published Article in the CASBO Magazine, Public Speaking for Leadership, June 2002
  • Published Article in the CASBO Magazine, Rethinking Purchasing, June 2003
  • Published White Paper, Implementation of A Total Quality Management Program in a Public Agency, November 1999
  • Authored the USDOE Emergency Response and Crisis Management Grant and received $250,000, FY 2003
  • Authored the Bay Area Air Quality Management District Low-Emission School Bus Grant and received Two New 90 Passenger Buses Totaling $248,000, FY 2005
  • Authored the Bay Area Air Quality Management District Low-Emission School Bus Grant and received four New 90 Passenger Buses Totaling $657,691, FY 2011
  • At Stockton Unified School District, 1995 I created a (4) team preventative maintenance “Swat-Team” that was showcased, as a model program, on FOX Channel 40, KTXL, Sacramento in a five part series titled “Our Schools in Jeopardy”
  • Authored over 1,000 RFP, RFQ, and ITBs for Construction and Modernization

Personal Highlights:

  • I am married and have six children
  • My favorite hobbies are playing softball, back packing, skiing and singing



Rick Linio, Candidate for Monday, April 9, 2018

Richard T Linio, (Rick) has over two decades of Higher Education experience in multi-facet Facilities Administration, Planning and Construction Management Industry. Rick possesses an excellent track record of developing a plan and working it in collaboration with colleagues to achieve success. An innovative problem-solver, Rick is an approachable and transparent leader, who is also an effective consensus team builder, a proven long-term planner, and an experienced facilities administrator.


As Assistant Vice President at Morehead State University and Senior University Administrator, Rick’s responsibilities include overall facilities campus operations:  master planning, design and construction, architectural vision, operation & maintenance, central utility plant, real estate functions, campus housing, space programming, utility procurement, energy and sustainability management, transportation, parking services and public safety programs.


Previously, Rick held the position of Associate Vice President of Facilities Management & Services at American International College in Springfield, MA. As Associate Vice President, he was the Senior Cabinet Administrator with overall campus operations responsibilities that included administration of contract management, vendor services, architects and engineering consultants, property management and acquisitions, sustaining strategic campus planning and asset management, capital program management, capital planning and campus master planning.


Past experiences include holding the positions of Director of Facilities Planning and Facilities Management at West Virginia University Institute of Technology and Senior Executive Administrator with overall responsibility for facilities operations and management, campus strategic and master planning, effective stewardship of facilities, materials, equipment, emergency response, capital planning and construction management activities.


District Manager for Sodexo Education Facilities Management for the Northeast Region. With Sodexo, he developed business and facilities operations plans in Higher Education and Independent Schools for Chief Financial Officers and Vice Presidents. He established and maintained mutually beneficial business relationships to ensure account retention.


ARAMARK Facility Services with Schlumberger Oilfield Services and Baylor University in Texas; Directed the operations for ARAMARK Facility Services, overseeing Schlumberger Oilfield Services 10 corporate campuses covering 4M sq. ft. with 100 buildings throughout Houston Metro area. Director of Operations at Baylor University in Waco, Texas managing the Facilities and Capital Program Management Departments with operating budget of $15M and capital program budget of $350M.


Olympic Village Director of Facilities Management for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, UT.  Effectively planned, developed, and managed the construction services involving $15M of temporary facilities and $40M in permanent facilities, site and utilities construction for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, Olympic Village, and Paralympic Village.


Rick holds a BA from Morehead State University with a major in Business Administration and minor in Environmental Science and Executive Certificate in Leadership & Organizational Management from Cornell University School of Business Management.


The search committee and Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs Doug Dawes, invites you to attend Open Forums for each of the three candidates for the position of Associate Vice President of Facilities Management. Candidates have been asked to provide a 25 minute presentation on: How to be a champion of the University Climate Action Plan, specify how to balance the support of campus initiatives and infrastructure. This will be followed by a Question and Answer session.

Open forums will take place from 10:30am - 11:30am in the Library Scholars Lab, 3rd floor of the Library.

Please plan to attend and meet the candidates.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Jeanne Rynne


Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Toby Smith


Monday, April 9, 2018

Rick Linio


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