Spotlight: Member of the Class of 2018 Headed for Japan

David Thorsen is a member of the Class of 2018 graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Intercultural Studies (ICS). Originally from Stavanger, Norway, David has been appointed by the Norwegian Lutheran Mission with whom he interned last summer in Japan, to serve in Japan long term. Thorsen has ministered to Japanese immigrants in Columbia during his time at CIU. He talks about his future in this Q&A:

Director of Physical Plant

Physical Plant
40 hours/12 months
May 01, 2018


The physical plant director manages and directs through subordinate supervisors, staff and contract services, the physical plant operations that include building, equipment and grounds maintenance, and housekeeping services.  The director prepares annual budgets and maintains expense control of materials and personnel within the budget limits. 


  • Reviews the purpose, personnel, position descriptions and objectives of the physical plant and reports the needs and requirements of the physical plant to the CFO.
  • Provides direction and oversight for maintenance activities for all campus facilities and related equipment, including deferred, preventative, routine and emergency repairs as well as major maintenance and repair projects for HVAC, landscape and other campus infrastructure
  • Proactively and routinely inspects buildings, grounds, equipment and physical plant projects and consults with campus administrative personnel to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of plant operations and that building and grounds measure up to high standards of safety, cleanliness, and attractiveness.
  • Administers computerized maintenance management system for scheduling projects, repairs, preventive maintenance, custodial and grounds projects and requests.
  • Ensures the professional quality, development and growth of subordinate supervisors and their staff.
  • Prepares departmental budgets and controls expenditures.
  • Oversees the purchasing and replacement of equipment and supplies.
  • In consultation with the CFO, assists with the planning and oversight of construction projects.
  • Stays current with best practices in physical plant management.
  • Proactively initiates and maintains open communication with physical plant personnel and with University faculty, staff, and administrators to ensure the effective delivery and development of physical plant services and to address problems as they arise.
  • Oversee OSHA training and compliance.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.


  • Proven Christian character and maturity.
  • Five to seven years of experience in and an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of plant operations for a large campus including construction, electrical, plumbing, mechanical diagnosis and repair techniques. School, college or university experience is desired.
  • Ability to lead and motivate 30 or more skilled and unskilled maintenance personnel to pursue excellence in their work.
  • Ability to plan ahead, set goals and coordinate activities of a multifaceted operation to provide effective support and services to a diverse constituency.
  • Awareness of OSHA and other safety regulations, familiarity with fire detection and protection, suppression and state fire codes, and knowledge of proper handling, use and disposal of hazardous chemicals.
  • Skillful in preparation and management of numerous budgets.  Ability to budget and control expenditures for short and long range operations.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to interface with University faculty, staff and administrative personnel and to address problems and issues as they arise.
  • Proficient in the use of computers, Microsoft Office, and other software applications.
  • Must have training and extensive proven successful experience in physical plant operations and maintenance and/or construction supervision and planning.
  • Prefer a Bachelor’s degree in engineering or industrial management. 

Are You “Ram Ready?”

Getting "Ram Ready"

Dozens of incoming CIU undergraduate students became “Ram Ready” the weekend of April 14.

“Ram Ready” is an opportunity to hear from a variety of campus representatives, meet professors and begin to navigate the campus. You’ll make friends with your incoming class and current students, learn about your academic program, get a jump on finalizing your course schedule and discover how you can get involved in campus life.

CIU to Celebrate Two Commencements April 28

Two commencement programs will take place April 28 on the campus of Columbia International University (CIU) as 193 students are recognized for academic achievements from certificates to bachelor degrees to doctoral degrees. The commencement exercises begin at 8:30 a.m. for seminary and graduate students and at 11:30 a.m. for undergraduate students. Both ceremonies will be held in Shortess Chapel and both are ticketed events.   


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