Our Management Team
Director of Project Management and Construction Services
Bill Throop was appointed director of Project Management and Construction Services in August 2005. He is responsible for all renovation and minor construction projects on The University of Texas at Austin main campus and satellite campuses, including the Marine Sciences Institute and McDonald Observatory. His organization consists of a fifty-member project management and contracting staff and a ninety-member shop construction section. Bill is responsible for an annual construction program that includes more than 400 projects, totaling more than $45 million.
Before assuming his current position, Bill served as the associate director of the university’s Architectural and Engineering Services section, in which he was responsible for design, construction, contracting, and project management services for the renovation program. Prior to joining the university, Bill served with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in a variety of leadership and engineering management positions.
Bill holds a bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from Clarkson University, a master’s degree in civil engineering from North Carolina State University, and a master’s degree in Procurement and Contracting Administration from George Washington University. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas and Virginia, and is a LEEDTM Accredited Professional with the U.S. Green Building Council.
Associate Director, Operations and Support
Dan Clairmont was hired as the associate director of Operations and Support in September 2012. He leads a diverse team of 28 professionals who provide contracting, construction coordination and quality assurance, as well as interior and graphic design project management services. His team also supports all of Project Management and Construction Services (PMCS) with information and data analysis services, compliance program oversight, client relations program management, and Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) program management.
Prior to joining the PMCS team, Dan served in the U.S. Air Force for 23 years. During that time, he directed delivery of facility management, construction, emergency management, and environmental support services to installations across the U.S. and Europe. Dan holds a master’s degree in Engineering and Environmental Management from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Western New England College in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1989.
Associate Director, Project Management Division
Mike DeBow provides leadership to the teams that develop, plan and execute client-requested renovation projects across The University of Texas at Austin campus and at outlying campus facilities within the State of Texas.
He oversees the renovation project management teams. His leadership responsibilities include four sections: Laboratory and Technical Projects, Classroom, Office and Auxiliary Projects, Facilities Engineering, and Pickle Research Campus (PRC) Projects. The Project Management Division completes over 200 projects valued at more than $40,000,000 annually. Mike also manages the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) program and The University of Texas at Austin interface with The University of Texas System for institution-managed projects above $4 million. He also manages the annual budget allocation for ADA program for accessibility investments in the campus.
Mike joined Project Management and Construction Services in April 2006. Before then, he was a project director for a large military housing development firm. As an engineer officer in the Army, he has significant experience in facilities management, construction management and project management. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.
Associate Director, Construction Services Division
C.J. Wiles leads Construction Services, which is the in-house renovation and minor construction program for the campus. The program includes the handling of all client requests (SR10s) for facility renovation services, and management and planning of shop projects by the Project Planning and Production Control Section. Construction Services eight specialty trade shops execute projects; these trade shops include Abatement, Cabinet, Carpenter, Electric, General Construction, Paint, Sheet Metal/Insulation, and Steam and Plumbing. Additionally, the division coordinates special event support, working with colleges and departments to ensure the Facilities Services and PMCS shops meet their needs, from the smallest setup for tables and chairs to Commencement.
C.J. joined the former Physical Plant as assistant director of Planning and Construction in February 1999. He became associate director of Construction Services with the reorganization of Physical Plant and the creation of the Project Management and Construction Services department in January 2006. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in facilities management.
Engineering Manager, Project Support
Tom Blackwell is a registered professional engineer in Texas, with 40 years of experience. His expertise in design, construction, and operations include commercial, industrial, and institutional (school) facilities. A consultant to NASA and the Air Force at Cape Canaveral for a decade, he also served as director of Construction and Facilities at Leander ISD for 10 years, where he managed 5 million square feet of facilities and 1,000 acres of grounds.
Manager, Procurement and Compliance
Mindy leads the Procurement and Compliance team of Project Management and Construction Services. This team oversees the solicitation process and contractual compliance for professional service providers, bid projects and job order contracting.
Prior to her promotion to manager of Procurement and Compliance, Mindy served as the assistant manager of the Contracts Section for four years. Mindy has more than 20 years of experience in compliance and contract management of federal, state, and local regulatory programs for the development and operations of both housing for the elderly and persons with disabilities.
Mindy majored in Business Administration, graduating summa cum laude from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas.
Manager of Plant Construction, Construction Services Trades Shops
Neil Crump manages the Construction Services trade shops in renovation/repair projects, event support, and maintenance support for Main Campus. Prior to joining PMCS in 2007 he held the positions of VP of facilities services with Velocity Credit Union and work center manager at Applied Materials. Neil received his bachelor of business administration degree in the engineering route to business from the University of Texas at Austin. From 1984 to 1993, he held positions at the Pickle Research Campus, including lab research assistant at the Applied Research Laboratories and electrician in the Physical Plant. He is a licensed master electrician through TDLR and a certified facility manager through IMFA.
Manager, Project Control and Customer Relations
Robyn Green manages Project Control and Customer Relations. To ensure that Project Management and Construction Services delivers quality products and meets organizational goals, she coordinates the client satisfaction program and manages the strategic planning and metrics programs. She supervises a design group of interior and graphic designers, as well as the historically underutilized businesses coordinator and a data analyst.
Manager, Project Planning and Production Control, Construction Services Division
Shannon Hanney manages the Project Planning and Production Control section within Construction Services. The section consists of six construction planners who manage in-house renovation and minor construction projects executed by Construction Service’s eight specialty trade shops. The Production Control team receives and processes all client requests for facility renovation services and provides support to the construction planners and Construction Services trade shops.
Shannon joined The University of Texas at Austin in 2003 as a construction coordinator, supporting numerous projects across campus. In 2007, he became a project manager in the Special Projects and Alternative Contracts section within PMCS, where he specialized in managing projects executed using the job order contract (JOC) delivery method. Shannon was selected for his current position in September 2010.
Before joining the university, Shannon coordinated projects at general contracting firms specializing in commercial and institutional construction, including projects on the university campus. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Geography, Urban and Regional Analysis from The University of Texas at Austin. He completed the Project Management and Construction Services Certificate Program through the UT Professional Development Center in 2005, and received the LEED™ Green Associate credential from the U.S. Green Building Council in 2010.
Manager, J. J. Pickle Research Campus-Project Section
Sam Narduzzo manages the PRC-Project Section, which is comprised of a mechanical engineer, an architect, a work control supervisor, a project specialist and two construction coordinators who are stationed at the J.J. Pickle Research Campus. This team processes client-requested work orders, generates CRIB (construct, remodel, install, or build) orders and capital projects, then plans and executes the work.
Sam has more than 24 years of experience in several positions at The University of Texas at Austin, including leadership roles at the J.J. Pickle Research Campus as manager of Architectural and Engineering Services/Project Planning and Management and interim associate director for Facilities Services. Previous positions at the university included maintenance supervisor, maintenance planner/estimator, and project manager. This experience gives Sam a global perspective on and approach to project delivery. He holds a bachelor degree in Building Construction Technology.
Senior Project Manager, Laboratory & Technical Section for the Project Management Division
Paul Shelander leads the Laboratory and Technical Projects team. He provides project management services for the design and construction of the College of Natural Sciences research, teaching laboratories and offices. As liaison to the College, Paul assists in the overall coordination of their renovation program projects. Paul is also involved with managing special renovations for various colleges, schools and units on campus.
Paul joined The University of Texas at Austin in 1998, after working as a practicing architect with the Boston architectural firm of Hill, Miller, Friedlaender, and Hollander (HMFH). His previous experience includes managing educational facility design teams, as well as designing complex institutional projects for the commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Paul is a registered architect in both Texas and Massachusetts, is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, and has a master’s degree in architecture from The University of Texas at Austin. In addition, he holds a bachelor’s degree with a major in biological sciences as well as a certificate in cytotechnology (the study of human cells to detect signs of cancer or other abnormalities) from The University of Texas School of Allied Health Sciences in San Antonio. This unique educational background provides additional support to Paul’s management of design and construction of his team’s projects.
Manager, Project Management Division for the Construction Coordination Section
Bettie Simpson-Weeks manages the Construction Coordination staff for all renovation projects managed by Project Management and Construction Services. Their duties include reviewing project plans for constructability, scheduling and coordinating utility outage, keeping building occupants and project managers informed throughout all phases of construction and working closely with the contractor to assure the project is completed on time and to specifications, among other tasks.
Prior to joining The University of Texas at Austin in 2004, Bettie held the positions of director of inspections for the Texas Building and Procurement Commission, and manager of inspections for the City of Austin. She also owned and operated her own construction/inspection firm, was regional manager for a well-known insurance company, and was involved with Occupational Safety and Nursing Management for a number of years.
Bettie has a degree in nursing and was licensed to practice in Florida and California. She has been active in organizations including The Women in Construction Network and The Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Austin, Texas.
Senior Project Manager, Project Management Division for the Classroom, Office & Auxiliary Section
Jill Stewart leads the Classrooms, Offices and Auxiliary project management section, which manages design and construction projects for clients across all colleges and business units, as well as campus-wide initiatives. Jill and her group also work with the director to develop strategies for implementing major classroom renovations and other special projects. Her team is comprised of professionals with varied backgrounds, all focused on providing excellent service to our campus clients.
Prior to joining The University of Texas at Austin in 2013, Jill worked as a senior project manager and architect in private practice, with much of her work focused on educational facilities for a wide variety of clients across Texas. Much of her work was on projects within the university, as well as other campuses in the state. In addition, she has been involved in learning environment projects for private and non-profit organizations such as Chrysler, General Motors, YMCA, and Focus: HOPE. Several of her efforts have won accolades, including the Presidential Design Award, and many have been recognized as LEED accredited.
Jill holds a bachelor's degree in environmental design from Texas A&M University and a master's degree in architecture from Arizona State University. She has been a licensed architect for 20 years and is a registered interior designer and LEED accredited professional.