News Archives: Facilities and Maintenance

HPU to host Arbor Day observance November 4

BROWNWOOD – October 17, 2016 – Howard Payne University will celebrate Arbor Day, November 4, with an educational program and a tree-planting ceremony. The events, which begin at 3 p.m. at HPU’s Mabee University Center, are free of charge and open to the public.

Nick Harrison, Texas A&M Forest Service Firewise coordinator and former Brownwood resident, will lead the training session on planting and pruning trees. At the activity’s conclusion, HPU representatives will plant a tree near the Mabee Center in recognition of Arbor Day.

Harrison, who was born in Brownwood and lived for a number of years in a home that now houses HPU’s advancement and alumni relations offices, looks forward to returning to his hometown to take part in the Arbor Day festivities.

“It will be great to be in my hometown of Brownwood to assist with the Howard Payne University Arbor Day events,” Harrison said. “I applaud HPU for taking the steps to establish, maintain and sustain the university’s trees, which add to the beauty of the campus and benefit the students and the residents of Brownwood.”

HPU values the opportunity to present the upcoming Arbor Day activities, said Terry Pritchett, who serves as HPU’s assistant vice president for facilities and planning as well as chair of the university’s Campus Tree Advisory Committee.

“It is an honor to work with the Campus Tree Advisory Committee and the Texas A&M Forest Service to provide our community with an Arbor Day observance as well as training regarding recommended tree-planting and pruning methods,” Pritchett said. “We at HPU value these partnerships and strive to be good stewards of the environment God has given us to manage.”

Questions about HPU’s Arbor Day events may be directed to the university’s facilities office at 325-649-8608.

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Sara Haley promoted to assistant vice president for facilities and planning at HPU

sara_haley_for_webBROWNWOOD – November 6, 2012 – Howard Payne University recently promoted Sara Haley from director of facilities and planning to assistant vice president for facilities and planning. In her new role, she has assumed additional responsibilities to lead HPU’s efforts of planning for future campus facilities and the renovation of existing facilities.

Haley joined the HPU staff in January 2011 and leads approximately 35 employees in the areas of grounds, building and mechanical systems maintenance, custodial services, construction coordination and utilities.

She has organized and coordinated multiple planning sessions on HPU’s future campus development with the SmithGroup architectural firm in Dallas. In addition, she recently assumed the role as HPU liaison in the Independent Colleges and University of Texas’ compliance initiative program with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. As such, the university is performing self-audits to ensure safe environmental practices are observed on campus. This past year, Haley completed EPA technical training and recently served as a compliance peer evaluator for another Texas university.

“Sara has been a tremendous asset to HPU,” said Brenda Alexander, senior vice president for finance and administration. “We are confident that she will continue to serve the university to her utmost ability in her new role.”

Haley holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Texas Tech University. Prior to coming to HPU, she was employed in commercial construction services and architectural design services. She and her husband, Joe, a senior at HPU, have a daughter, Katherine.


Photo cutline: Sara Haley was recently promoted to assistant vice president for facilities and planning at HPU.