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New post to steerbuilding projects

Feb. 2, 2001

By JOHN HALL

Staff writer

Baylor administrators created a position Monday to oversee construction projects, apartment management and direction of real estate ventures as the university prepares for a predicted period of unprecedented growth.

Rick Creel, the university's first director of operations, will also supervise outside contracts, such as the one the university has with Aramark to provide food on campus, and maintenance in the physical plant. He said he is still adjusting to his new position and will begin a formal orientation program Monday.

David Brooks, the vice president for finance and administration, said he hired Creel to ensure the success of future projects the university may begin.

'This is to address what we have today but also things coming down the pipe,' Brooks said.

Creel will report his recommendations to Ken Simons, the assistant vice president and business manager, who will make the final decision on the suggestions.

'We've got a lot of things going on, a lot of things coming up, and we need a lot of help,' Simons said.

Creel, formerly the president of Flynn Enterprises, said he is happy to be in Waco and with his new job.

'I'm just very pleased for myself and my family,' Creel said. 'I moved here in 1997... and have really made this home. I see this as a long-term commitment on both sides.'

Creel, who graduated in 1987 from Oral Roberts University with a bachelor's degree in accounting, said he gladly supports the long-term goals of Baylor, in deepening the understanding of the Christian faith and academics.

'The mission of Baylor is admirable and a great reason to come to work every day,' Creel said.

Brooks said Creel had two unique qualities - his accounting background and his project management background - that made him the ideal candidate for the position.

Brooks said the university tried to fill a similar position several years ago, but it was not filled. He said he added more responsibilities to that position when he created this position for Creel.