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APPA Honors Three Institutions with Its 2012 Excellence Award

Arizona, Colorado and Pennsylvania Institutions Recognized

July 20, 2012, Alexandria, VA APPA awarded this week its 2012 Award for Excellence in Facilities Management to Pima (Ariz.) Community College, University of Colorado Boulder and Harrisburg (Pa.) Area Community College.

“The Award for Excellence is APPA's highest institutional honor,” said David Cain, APPA’s Vice President, Professional Affairs, and the chair of the Awards and Recognition Committee.  “These three institutions are being recognized for their incorporation of facilities operations in the overall institutional mission and vision.”

The APPA Award for Excellence is designed to recognize and advance excellence in the field of educational facilities. Originally established in 1988, the Award for Excellence provides educational institutions the opportunity for national and international recognition for their outstanding achievements in facilities management.  Award for Excellence nominations are evaluated using the same criteria applied through the Facilities Management Evaluation Program (FMEP) in the areas of:leadership; strategic and operational planning; customer focus; information and analysis; development and management of human resources; process management; and, performance results. Nominated institutions also submit to a site review conducted by an awards evaluation team. The Award for Excellence designation is valid for a period of five years.

The awards were presented by APPA President David Gray, 2011-2012 of Middle Tennessee State University, on Thursday, July 19, during APPA’s Awards Banquet at the APPA 2012 Annual Conference and Exposition in Denver.


APPA promotes leadership in educational facilities for professionals seeking to build their careers, transform their institutions, and elevate the value and recognition of facilities in education. APPA is the association of choice for more than 7,000 educational facilities professionals throughout the United States, Canada, and abroad.