August 27, 2010

Campus Services chief to continue vision

Matthew Early

From Columbia University to Emory, the transition for Matthew Early is notable as he takes the reins as the new vice president for Campus Services.

He is enjoying the shorter commute to work – by bicycle. It was a 17-mile ride to Columbia University, over the Hudson River via the George Washington Bridge and through bustling streets of New York City. Still traveling by bike, his commute is now just a few minutes down North Decatur Road.

He is also enjoying the spirit of camaraderie and sense of momentum he’s found at Campus Services, where he oversees the broad-based division that includes security, custodial services, transportation and more.

“After my first full month at Emory, and meetings with Campus Services staff and others across the University, I continue to be impressed by the professionalism and collaborative spirit at all levels here,” says Early. 

Shortly after he arrived, Early wrote an open letter to Campus Service employees where he described the department as one that has “set the standard for innovation, sustainability, and support” as compared to similar organizations at peer institutions.

Today, Early adds, “I am well aware of the individual and collaborative work that took place for our department to reach this level of customer service and professionalism.  As our department tackles matters such as sustainability, innovation, employee training, utilizing industry best practices and community outreach, I am proud to be working here as we maintain the momentum of our department.”

After business hours, Early enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. In addition to cycling, he is an avid runner who hopes to increase his training as he settles in at Emory, and as Atlanta’s hot and humid summer weather dissipates.

I would very much like to compete in a triathlon some day,” he says, “but I need to invest time in swimming before taking that next step in competition.”

Prior to serving as vice president for facilities operations at Columbia University, Early served as an officer in the U.S. Navy in several positions overseeing public works and construction.

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