Dan Park: Director
of Physical Plant Services
of the Whitman staff have been breaking new ground in their fields
for years, but none so much as Dan Park. As Whitmans director
of physical plant services, he literally has been breaking new ground
around campus for almost 20 years. Park is responsible for coordinating
and maintaining major building and renovation projects at Whitman
as well as supervising the daily service operations of the campus.
Park coordinates the constant flow of change around
campus. I think the best thing about working at Whitman is
that theres always an opportunity to make improvements,
he says. I feel that ever since Ive been here, there
has been a continuous process of development. We have constructed
many new buildings, completed major renovations, and acquired new
property to expand the footprint of the campus. One of the most
enjoyable things for me is that Ive had the opportunity to
be right in the middle of that. During his 10 years as director,
Park has been directly involved in the renovation of Hunter Conservatory,
the completion of the new Reid Campus Center, and the current Hall
of Science addition.
A self-proclaimed gear head, Park also
enjoys the variety of challenges that come with his position. Daily
assignments can range from coordinating the regular cleaning of
residence halls to completing construction of a classroom on the
Johnston Wilderness campus. Ive always enjoyed troubleshooting,
trying to make things better by looking at problems from a variety
of angles, says Park.
He began his career at Whitman in 1982 as a carpenter
and worked as both maintenance supervisor and associate director
of the physical plant before taking on his current position in 1992.
Park and his wife, Tana, who works as Whitmans
sponsored program coordinator, have been married for almost 23 years.
Their daughter Kaelen is an eighth grader at DeSales Middle School,
and their son Colby is a DeSales High School senior and on the college
search himself. The family enjoys DeSales sports events and trips
around the U.S. to explore various parts of the country.
Mo Brady, 03