Goodbye Mr. Gardiner
Bill Gardiner, Bowdoin's Director of Facilities Management,
announced that he will retire at the end of the academic year after seven
and a half years of service with the department.
Gardiner came to Bowdoin on July 1, 1994 from New York.
Prior to his appointment as Director of Facilities Management, he worked
at Harvard University for five years, and at Smith College for eight years.
He also served as Vice President of Colonial Williamsburg for 14 years.
Gardiner's opportunity to come to Bowdoin came at the same
time that he was offered a position at the University of Virginia. He
chose Bowdoin because he believed he could "make a greater contribution
at Bowdoin than at the University of Virginia."
As a result of the contributions of Gardiner and his staff,
the past seven years have been marked by great improvement in Bowdoin's
Gardiner has also directed the purchase of strategic properties
for the campus. Property purchases on Harpswell and Bath Roads extended
the size of the campus and have increased on-campus dorm space.
He also aided in the purchase of the former Bowd-Inn, which
will house the Outing Club in a few short months and Harriet Beecher Stowe
House and Inn which many Bowdoin sophomores call home. Gardiner says that
another focus of his work as director has been on improving community
relations through "direct personal communication between the college
and the town."
One of the most significant behind-the-scenes improvements
that Gardiner and the facilities management department have directed is
the "intensive major maintenance program." This plan's aim has
been to mend the college's past refusal to do work on much needed facilities.
An audit in 1995 revealed that the college had $40 million
worth of improvements past due; the hardwork of Gardiner and his staff
have greatly reduced this aggregate of postponed work.
After seven and a half "great years," as he fondly
refers to them, Gardiner says it's time to go. "I'm not getting any
younger, and now that I've stayed through the College's transition to
a new president, I feel in a sense, it's time to go."
Gardiner plans to continue living in Maine. "We'll
split our time between here and our little cabin in the Adirondacks. I've
got a lot of work to do up there, and we're looking forward to spending
more time at the cabin."
"It's the people that make up Bowdoin that stick out,"
he says. "There's just something really special about the people
here. It's been a nice place to work because of them."
When asked what advice he has for the incoming director of facilities management, Gardiner states, "Have confidence in the men and women in Facilities. They're very devoted, dedicated and loyal to Bowdoin. They've worked very hard to provide services for the college to make it a great place to study and live."