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APPA’s Certification Mission

The mission of APPA’s Certification program is dedicated to strengthening and sustaining the profession by increasing professional competency and supporting the educational mission through establishing and validating standards for professional practice.

The purpose of APPA’s Certification program is to:

  • Assure educational institutions of the quality of their facilities management professionals
  • Drive professional development
  • Establish standards for professional performance in educational facilities management

APPA’s Credentialing Board operates as an independent Board of Directors. The certification program is organized as a tax exempt, non-profit, 501(c)(6) organization that was formally incorporated in 2007.

2023 – 2024 Certification Board Members

Peter Strazdas, Chair, Retired, Formerly the Associate Vice President Facilities Management at Western Michigan University, CEFP

Erik C. Backus, Vice Chair, Howard E. Lechler Endowed Director, Clarkson University, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, ENV SP, FMP

Randy Gentzler, Secretary/Treasurer, Retired, Formerly the Vice President for Finance and Treasurer, at Loyola University Maryland

Dr. Russell Garcia, Director for Higher Education, Johnson Controls, CEFP

Elizabeth A. Clark, Education Program Manager, Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute, M.Ed., CEFP

Dan Whatley, Assistant Vice President, Facilities Operations Facilities Management, Auburn University, P.E., CEFP

Paula Matz, Director – Planning, Design and Construction, University of Regina, PMP, CEFP

Ana Thiemer, Associate Director, Office of Campus Planning, The University of Texas at Austin

R. Holly Judd, APPA Interim President & CEO

Christina Hills, APPA Director of Credentialing & Business Analytics, Data Strategy & Solutions

Board Member Access Only

For questions or inquires:

Christina Hills
Director of Credentialing & Business Analytics, Data Strategy & Solutions
[email protected]
Office phone: 703-542-3844