Director's Office Senior Leadership Team

Scott Griffin, PMP
Interim Director, Facilities Services
Associate Director, Facilities Operations & Maintenance

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Scott has over 30 years of experience in facilities management. Before joining UT, he served in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a Colonel. During that time, he served as an Air Force civil engineer officer, where he held various positions including three commands and five combat deployments. He served in various capacities where he oversaw facilities and infrastructure operations and maintenance across numerous installations worldwide. Scott holds a master’s degree in engineering management from the Air Force Institute of Technology, a Master of Business Administration from Louisiana Tech University, and a bachelor’s degree in engineering mechanics from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He is also certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP).

Facilities Operations & Maintenance

Ben Triplett
Associate Director, Custodial Services
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Ben brings 23 years of experience in custodial and commercial cleaning. Prior to joining Facilities Services, he held the position of the director of custodial services at Washington State University for nearly five years. Before that he was the assistant director of housing at the University of North Carolina for more than four years, and the assistant director for main campus at East Carolina University for over six years. He has also served as a maintenance manager for Wal-Mart for more than three years and as owner and president of Omega Maintenance Services for five years. Ben earned his Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ben is a graduate of the APPA Leadership Academy. He also was the recipient of the 2020 Washington State University President's Award for Health & Safety.

Custodial Services

Debra DiMeo
Assistant Director, Facilities Services Support
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Debra brings over 36 years of experience in management and customer service. She joined UT Austin in Facilities Services in 2011 and began work on planning and organizing the department’s Facilities Service Center (FSC), which launched successfully in September 2013. Prior to UT, Debra worked for United Airlines for 31 years. During her time with the airline, she was the general manager of the 24/7-based Airport Operations in Austin. Her responsibilities involved oversight of more than 50 customer service representatives and management of the facility’s $2.2 million budget. She created cost-efficient work schedules and analyzed various metrics to ensure all operational and customer service goals were met or exceeded. She also standardized procedures to improve worker safety and efficiency.

Facilities Services Support

Bridget Blizzard
Associate Director, Landscape & Integrated Building Services
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Bridget has more than 31 years in design, construction, and facilities services experience, with 17 of those years in facilities management. In addition to her responsibilities as associate director, Bridget serves as the department’s emergency operations officer and special projects liaison. Prior to joining Facilities Services, she worked for Phillips Petroleum, Oregon Health & Science University, Matrix Architects Engineers Planners, Inc., and for the Houston Zoo as director of facilities. She brings a unique combination of experience from the manual drawing board to hurricane preparation for nearly six thousand animals. Bridget holds a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in anthropology from the University of Oregon and an Associate in Applied Science degree in drafting and design technology from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College.

Landscape & Integrated Building Services

Quentin Rodriguez
Finance Manager
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Quentin has  more than 16 years of experience in accounting and financial management. Prior to joining Facilities Services, he worked in UT Austin’s Accounting and Financial Management for three years providing accounting and financial management support to Information Technology Services (ITS). Prior to UT, he was a contracts and grants manager for a non-profit, Caritas of Austin, for two years. Before that, he worked for Goodwill Central Texas for over 11 years, the last four of those years as director of financial analysis. He also served 11 years as a federal law enforcement officer with the Department of Justice – U.S. Border Patrol prior to completing his formal education. Quentin holds an MBA from Cornell University and earned his bachelor’s degree in economics, minor in finance, from New Mexico State University.

 

Adam Garza
Interim Safety Manager
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Adam brings over seven years of safety experience in industrial and facility operations. Adam earned his Associate of Science in Occupational Safety and Health and is a few credits away from achieving his bachelor's degree. Before joining Facilities Services, he held the position of quality assurance manager for CoreCivic, a contractor for the Department of Homeland Security. He managed facility operations for compliance, including audits, inspections, and developing policies and procedures. Before that, he was the safety manager for over five years with CoreCivic. Before moving to Texas, he worked for Safety Training and Technical Services, where he performed gas monitoring and emergency response for confined spaces in blast furnaces and natural gas pipelines in United States steel processing operations in Gary, Indiana.

 

Facilities Services Safety