UD hires retired Air Force engineer for open VP job

Richard S. Krysiak Jr., new UD vice president for facilities management and planning.
Richard S. Krysiak Jr., new UD vice president for facilities management and planning.

The University of Dayton has hired a retired U.S. Air Force civil engineering officer to serve as the school’s new vice president for facilities management and planning.

Richard Krysiak Jr., will start his new job at UD on Oct. 9, the school announced today.

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Krysiak most recently spent a year as vice president and energy consultant for Cenergistic Inc.. The Dallas-based company that provides energy conservation programs to facilities across the nation, along with building automation and maintenance training, according to UD.

Before his last job, Krysiak served as director for facilities management and chief facilities officer at Oklahoma State University for 10 years.

At Oklahoma State, he led a team of more than 600 staff and saved the university more than $30 million in energy costs and reduced carbon emissions by more than 40 percent. In 2012, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin selected Krysiak to develop and roll out a statewide energy conservation program.

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He also served for more than a decade in various positions with the United States Air Force, according to UD.

Krysiak assumes the job previously held by Beth Keyes, who plans to retire in 2019, ending her 30-year career at UD. Keyes stepped down from the job over the summer but she continues to manage the $72-million transformation of UD Arena as facilities project management officer and will retire after the project’s completion, according to the university.