Carl Russell "Rusty" Postlewate has been named director
of physical plant operations and Russell Willis has been named director
of human resources at The University of Southern Mississippi.
58, a native of Hot Springs, Ark., said he's excited about joining
the Southern Miss family. "It's great to be coming back (to
the South) after a lot of time overseas," he said. He and his
wife, Margie, have traveled the world, and their three daughters
were each born in a foreign country - one in Japan, one in Morocco,
and one in Korea.
in the South are one of the nicest things about (the area),"
he said. "When you've been around and have seen a lot of folks
- the courteous nature of the people of the South (stands out).
Everyone treats each other so nicely and it's a great place to live
has a bachelor's in industrial engineering from the University of
Arkansas in Fayetteville and a master's in systems management from
the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He is currently
associate vice president for facilities management at Oakland University
in Rochester, Mich., where he is responsible for the leadership,
strategic planning and administration direction for all facilities
management of the university complex. The 1,500-acre campus supports
more than 16,000 students.
has also served as director of engineering and technical services
for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in San Francisco and Atlanta,
where he directed the functions of planning, engineering, construction,
operations and real estate through district offices to provide support
to facility managers in a five-state area with a total operating
budget average of $200 to $400 million a year.
He has also
been employed as director of facilities, engineering and housing
at the European headquarters of the United States Army in Germany.
In this position, he was responsible for the functions of master
planning, maintenance, repair, capital improvement and operation
of facilities and utility systems. He supervised 80 technical and
management personnel in a program serving more than 8,000 personnel,
performing facilities management for the physical plant at more
than 300 locations throughout Europe, with a total annual facilities
and housing budget of nearly $1 billion.
he was deputy chief and chief of engineering and construction for
the Corps of Engineers overseas and in Tulsa, Okla., and Savannah,
Ga. In this capacity, he provided direct planning, engineering,
design and construction managing services to facility managers at
campuses and installations in the United States and overseas. He
also held the position of deputy director of facilities management,
chief of the engineering division and chief of the engineer resource
management division at military installations at Ft. Harrison, Ind.,
Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas and in Korea. These leadership positions
involved managing the spectrum of activities involving the planning,
maintenance and operation of the physical plant of an installation
with an education function.
is a registered professional engineer in Wisconsin and is a member
of the Michigan Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers
and the Society of American Military Engineers, where he has held
the position of post president and regional president and was awarded
the President's Medal and honored as a Society Fellow.
plans for The University of Southern Mississippi include making
sure service is the number one priority. "The overriding idea
is to make sure we provide responsive, quality service to the campus
community," he said. "That's the main thing - we are going
to try to do that in the most cost-effective way we can. We are
going to look at the processes we are using and the methodologies
to see if there are more cost-effective ways to do that, but the
main goal is to provide quality service, because without that, low
cost doesn't matter."
and his Texan wife are glad to be heading toward home; two of the
Postlewates' daughters are living in Georgia and Florida, though
the youngest will stay in Michigan one more year to finish nursing
are all down there (in the South)," Postlewate said. "We've
lived in a lot of beautiful places in the world, but there's just
no place in world like the United States, and no better place than
the South. A lot of folks can't appreciate how nice it really is,
but when you've been other places, you know."
assumes his duties July 12.
has been at Southern Miss since 1992; first in admissions and recruitment,
and then as associate director of human resources. A native of Pensacola,
Fla., where his family still resides, Willis has a bachelor's degree
from Southern Miss in political science and a juris doctorate from
the University of Florida.
to be the director of human resources because this is truly a wonderful
university and I'm glad to be here," Willis said. "I see
the good, hard-working people here who have dedication to the university
and it's a good place to be in to see that dedication. You get to
help people who want to be a part of it."