Jim Harris to Speak at 2024 Conference in Erie, PA – June 11

Transforming Higher Education Facilities Management Through Embracing AI Innovation

In the state of PA, there are approximately 5,000 facilities management job openings in higher education alone. AI-driven systems can streamline administrative processes, predict maintenance needs to prevent costly repairs, and enhance energy efficiency on campus. These improvements can lead to substantial savings, while addressing the staff shortage.

With his rich background as an expert in digital transformation, keynote speaker Jim Harris will offer a deep dive into the role of AI in enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of facilities operations within academic institutions. Some AI highlights include:

  • AI applications that have achieved up to 10,000X increases in productivity, demonstrating the potential for significant improvements in campus operations.
  • Economic impact of AI, which is expected to contribute up to $4.4 trillionannually to the global economy by 2030 and why is that important and potentially concerning for higher education.
  • Broad implications of this technology across various facets of higher education, including administration, student services, and campus infrastructure.

Participants will gain valuable insights into how to harness the power of AI to not only manage but also transform their facilities into more sustainable, responsive, and student-centered spaces. They will learn to anticipate and adapt to the technological shifts that will inevitably influence the future of higher education.

Jim’s sessions have been called “mind-blowing,” “riveting” and “eye-opening.” Join KAPPA and Jim Harris for an enlightening exploration of AI’s transformative potential in higher education facilities management and prepare to lead your institution into a new era of innovation and excellence.

About Jim Harris

  • Jim Harris is one of North America’s foremost thinkers on AI, GenAI, tech and disruptive innovation. He presents internationally at 60 in-person and virtual events a year. Association magazine ranked him as one of North America’s top ten speakers.
  • His clients include American Express, Barclays Bank, Canon, GM, IBM, Munich Re, the Top 200 CIOs of India, the UK Cabinet Office, Swiss Re, Walmart, Zurich Insurance.
  • Jim’s last book, Blindsided!, is a #1 international bestseller published in 80 countries. Soundview Executive Summaries, sent a summary of Blindsided! to 80,000 executives globally.

Board Elects New Officers at Spring 2023 Meeting in Bedford Springs

During the Annual Business Meeting at the KAPPA Spring 2023 conference held April 4 and 5, new officers were elected to the Board of Directors.

George Papuga of Carnegie Mellon University left the board after serving his term as Immediate Past President.  George is a long-time member of KAPPA, and served as President during the very difficult years of the pandemic.  Thank you, George, for the leadership you provided during some of our most challenging years.  Your dedication and commitment to KAPPA and our members is much appreciated.

Scott Albert of Slippery Rock University moved to the position of Immediate Past President after serving as KAPPA President in 2022/2023.  Scott will serve on the KAPPA Board of Directors as Immediate Past President in 2023/2024 . Scott worked very hard as KAPPA’S President to grow membership and in-person attendance at our two annual conferences following the pandemic.  Congratulations, Scott, on a very successful Spring conference in Bedford Springs.  Thank you for your commitment and service to KAPPA!

Randy Geering of The Pennsylvania State University, Behrend Campus, was promoted to President of the Board of Directors.

  • Mark Bodenschatz of Penn State University was promoted to First Vice President.
  • Erik Cagle of Penn State University was elected as Second Vice President.
  • Jim Miller of Sewickley Academy was elected as Director of Professional Development.
  • Jim Lewis of Cheyney University was elected as Director of Technology and Communication.
  • Brian Richards of Community College of Allegheny County was re-elected as a Director of Membership and Community.
  • Christina Barnes Roth from Stahl Sheaffer was reappointed as Business Partner Liaison to the Board of Directors

Contact information for all of the Board members can be found here.

Custodial Manager – Upper St. Clair School District

Upper St. Clair School District
Custodial Manager (COCM011323)

Custodial Manager
Posting ID COCM011323

Provide overall supervision of district-wide custodial services to the buildings and
grounds that delivers a proactive approach to a clean, safe and healthy environment
for students, staff and the community as well as supervise the District’s custodial


  • Supervises, plans, schedules, and completes payroll for district custodial personnel
  • Provides training on job related functions and safety
  • Works positively/effectively to build a collaborative custodial department
  • Represents the custodial department and builds effective relationships with
    administration, building leadership and other district departments
  • Oversees work of the custodial department to ensure that timeliness and quality
    standards are met
  • Participates as part of the interview team to determine hires
  • Conducts new hire orientation
  • Completes annual performance reviews
  • Responsible for employee relations, including administering progressive discipline as
    needed, in accordance with defined by the CBA, to assigned staff; Refers further
    disciplinary action to the Director of Operations and Facilities
  • Completes administrative duties in a timely and accurate manner to ensure service and
    compliance (budgeting, reviewing and approving invoices, approving overtime (per CBA),
    reviewing timecards, ordering supplies, etc…)
  • Ensures proper maintenance of custodial equipment and oversight of supply inventory
    Serves as backup management representative in overseeing maintenance of the pool
    and surrounding area, including maintaining appropriate certifications as required


  • Minimum: High School diploma or GED
  • Preferred: Associates degree and/or Post-secondary technical training preferred

Experience – Minimum Required:

  • Five years of supervisory experience in a complex, multiple location custodial field
  • Three to five years of custodial experience
  • Must demonstrate the ability to read, understand, and interpret detailed operating
    instructions, repair manuals, blueprints, diagrams, schematics, safety labels, and
    numerous gages; plus write reports and troubleshooting information as necessary
  • Computer skills required


  • Demonstrated skills and desire to lead and motivate others
  • Excellent decision making and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated ability to train, coach, and inspire others
  • Proven track record of delivering quality results and extraordinary customer service.
  • Demonstrated dependability
  • Demonstrated ability to thrive in a high-pressure environment
  • People-oriented; enjoys collaborating and interacting with people and working on group


  • Valid PA driver’s license with a good driving record
  • Must possess all required background clearances
  • Pool Manager Certification (preferred for applicants; training will be provided and once
    certified, must be maintained)


  • Must be able to work in inside and outside conditions, which at times may be extreme
  • 8 hrs/day – Able to work a flexiable mid-day shift
  • On call work will be required
  • Exempt, Full-time – 12 months per year

REPORTS TO: Operations and Facilities Management
Shift Type – Full-Time
Salary Range – Per Year
Location – District Wide

Applications Accepted
Start Date 01/13/2023

To apply, visit Upper St. Clair Employment

KAPPA Extends Scholarship Application Deadline through August 15th

Dear Colleagues,

Due to the limited response to the first notice of scholarships, we are extending the deadline for applications to August 15. Below is information that was previously sent, but with extended deadline.

KAPPA annually offers two types of Sponsorships, which are open to all KAPPA institutional members in good standing. Current members of the KAPPA board are not eligible.  The following opportunities are currently available:

Norman H Bedell Annual Scholarship

You can attend APPA professional development programs by taking advantage of the “Norman H. Bedell Annual Scholarship” program.  The KAPPA Norman H. Bedell scholarship will include the full cost of registration / tuition and up to an additional $2,500 to cover related travel expenses towards attending an APPA professional development program such as APPA Institute for Facilities Management, Leadership Academy, Supervisor’s Toolkit, or the credentialing program.

The only requirement is that scholarships must be used within 12 months of the award. Two (2) scholarships will be awarded each year.

ERAPPA Annual Meeting Scholarships

KAPPA annually offers two scholarships for the ERAPPA Annual Meeting.  The following opportunities are currently available:

One (1) ERAPPA Scholarship for a first-time attendee or someone who has not attended one of the last five (5) ERAPPA Annual Meetings.  This scholarship will include $1500 towards registration and travel expenses.

One (1) ERAPPA Scholarship to all institutional members of KAPPA in good standing.  This scholarship will include $1500 towards registration and travel expenses.

The only requirement is that ERAPPA annual meeting scholarships awarded this spring must be used for the 2022 ERAPPA Annual Meeting in Verona, NY on September 18-21.

To take advantage of any of these scholarships, please complete the following steps:

  • Apply today by filling out the application, a copy of which is attached.
  • Submit the application.  The application deadline for 2022 is August 15th, to Second Vice President Mark Bodenschatz (see instructions on application). Incomplete applications will not be considered. A completed application includes the application form, the applicant’s personal statement, and the supervisor’s evaluation.



Mark A. Bodenschatz, PE, ProFM, CSSP | Director and KAPPA Second Vice President

Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute

135 East Nittany Avenue, Suite 414 | State College, PA 16801

Phone: 814-865-8952 | Fax: 814-863-7835 |


President’s Welcome Message

Welcome Friends,

It’s an honor to have the opportunity to serve you for the coming year.  It is my goal to continue to build upon the strong foundation that our previous presidents have put in place.  However, I can only do that with your help.  KAPPA is only as strong as the contributions of its members and business partners.

So, as we work through the coming year together, I ask that everyone look for one additional thing that you can contribute.  If you are planning to attend the next KAPPA conference, can you bring another colleague from your institution and get them involved?  If you know of an institution that doesn’t participate in KAPPA, can you reach out and encourage them to participate?  If you see a good educational presentation or speaker, can you make a Board member aware?  Can you apply for a scholarship to take advantage of the APPA/ERAPPA educational opportunities?  Can you develop a presentation for a future KAPPA conference?  If you are aware of a Business Partner that offers something (goods/services) that would benefit the KAPPA membership, can you share the information?  Or could you follow in my footsteps and take that leap from conference attendee to KAPPA officer?

I encourage you to get involved and look forward to seeing what our collective efforts can achieve this year, and hope to see you at the fall meeting!

Best wishes,

Scott Albert

Associate Vice President Facilities, Environmental Safety and Sustainability

Slippery Rock University

Albert Scott