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Michel George named associate vice president for Facilities Services

September 16, 2011

Michel George, currently the head of capital planning and auxiliary services at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont, and a longtime facilities executive in higher education, will become associate vice president for facilities at Lewis & Clark effective October 3.

George, associate vice president at the Vermont college since 2008, succeeds Richard Bettega, who retired from Lewis & Clark last spring.

“Michel not only brings extensive knowledge and experience to the position of associate vice president of facilities, but also a keen interest in becoming an active member of the Lewis & Clark community,” said Carl Vance, vice president for finance. “He and his wife, Gayle, look forward to moving to Palatine Hill.”

George oversees numerous functions in his current role at Champlain, including capital planning and construction, sustainability, facilities operations, conference and event services, parking, and public safety. He was awarded Champlain’s 2010 Administrator of the Year award from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Before taking his post at Champlain, George served as associate vice president for facilities administration at Seattle University, from 2004 to 2008, and director of facilities at Evergreen State College in Washington, from 1998 to 2004. George has also held facilities-related positions at the University of Chicago, Colgate Rochester Divinity School, and Smith and Amherst colleges.

A 1979 Amherst College graduate, George has a master’s degree in management and administration from Cambridge College in Massachusetts, and he attended the Executive Leadership Program at Albers School of Business and Economics Seattle University.

George said he decided to join the Lewis & Clark community because of its small-college environment, engaged and inquisitive student body, challenging academic programs and social commitment, and top law and graduate education programs.

“Lewis & Clark has wonderful facilities and grounds, a demonstrated commitment to both architectural preservation and sustainability, strong leadership, and a dedicated and technically proficient facilities team,” he said. “I am looking forward to working with the facilities and leadership teams to develop and improve a unique educational gem.”