Keeping campus running.
Keeping Michigan State’s complex, 5,200-acre campus up and running around the clock isn’t easy. But Ron Flinn and the team of Infrastructure Planning and Facilities professionals he leads make it look that way.
“I work for everybody on this campus,” says Flinn, vice president for Strategic Infrastructure Planning and Facilities, formerly known as the Physical Plant. “I like to think that our team provides the environment for the magic that takes place in the research labs and the classrooms.”
Flinn, who has been at MSU for more than 50 years, began working at the Physical Plant on campus as a student. Upon graduating with his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1960, he was hired as a full-time employee and has served in a variety of professional roles since then.
As part of the critical team that works mostly behind the scenes, Flinn has been instrumental in the design and construction of nearly 75 percent of the campus buildings and infrastructure completed during his tenure, and he sees much more in store for MSU’s world-class facilities that have been built to last.
“MSU has an unlimited life, and we need to put in quality stuff for the next generation and for generations to come,” says Flinn.