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Facilities Staff

Skyler HarperAssociate Director of Housing and Dining Services, Facilities Managementharper@k-state.edu785-532-6466

Skyler HarperSkyler's Bio

Skyler joined the department in 1995 as assistant director, having worked as a university architect for the K-State planning office since 1988. He's responsible for the physical facilities that house the department, and oversees housekeeping, building maintenance, grounds maintenance and construction duties.

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Other operations supervised by Skyler include master planning, budgeting, facility assessment, project programming, project management, project tracking, proformas, inventory, employee/public safety, code/regulation compliance, contractor/vendor management, contract management, procurement, sustainability, energy management and utilities.


Bachelor of Architecture, Kansas State University, 1982

Professional Service
  • Association of College and University Housing Offiers-International/Association of Physical Plant Administrators
  • International Code Council
  • National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
  • National Fire Protection Association
  • National Association of State Facilities Administrators
Award-Winning Projects Skyler Managed
  • Holton Hall renovation
  • Hale Library addition/renovation
  • Van Zile Hall renovation
  • Chester Peters Recreation Center addition/renovation
  • Salina Campus Merger Project
  • Jardine Tower Building
  • Jardine Marketplace - LEED Gold Certification
  • Jardine Redevelopment
James HodgesProduction Managerjlhety@k-state.edu785-532-6466

James HodgesJames' Bio

James has served as production manager for the housing and dining department since 1999. He is responsible for storeroom operations and material procurement, as well as maintenance of the construction document archive.

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B.S. Construction Science, Kansas State University

Kerry JenningsSenior Manager, Maintenance Shopskjenning@k-state.edu785-532-3020

Kerry JenningsKerry's Bio

Kerry first joined the Housing and Dining Services maintenance team in 1998 as an Electrician I. He has advanced over the years to his current position as senior manager of the maintenance shops, overseeing the carpentry, electrical, grounds, HVAC, plumbing and painting areas of maintenance. 

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Other areas Kerry oversees include energy management, contract performance and employee/public safety.


B.S. Agriculture, Kansas State University

Other Areas of Service
  • University Support Staff Senate; President: 2014-2015
  • Master License Electrician
William BarssPhysical Plant Supervisor Specialistwjbarssj@k-state.edu785-532-6466

Bill BarssWilliam's Bio

Bill came to Housing and Dining Services in 2015. His duties as a senior operations manager are to oversee building maintenance, dining facilities repairs and custodial services' daily operations in department facilities.