UNC Pembroke's campus is 138 acres, 25 buildings, 4,000 students and 1,100 rooms in six residence halls.
It is a small city that never sleeps and caring for it is the job of the Physical Plant Department and its new leader Larry D. Freeman.
Freeman was promoted to the post of director of Physical Plant at UNC Pembroke, effective July 1.
He oversees 68 employees and is responsible for facilities management, which includes administration, housekeeping, grounds and skilled trades.
Freeman came to UNCP in 1983 as a HVAC (heat and air conditioning) supervisor. He was promoted to assistant director in 1999, and a year ago he was named interim director of Physical Plant by Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs Neil Hawk.
"I believe that Larry will continue to provide a high level of service to our university customers," Hawk said. "He knows our campus as well as anybody on staff and that history proves to be a very valuable asset."
"I know that Larry is dedicated to this university, his employees and to providing the best service possible," he said. "The responsibility that Larry is assuming is very important to the operations of this campus, and I feel that he will manage it in a professional manner. I look forward to working with him and wish him the very best."
Caring for a growing campus is a daunting task, Freeman said. In the next five years, the campus will add four new buildings, including a new Physical Plant building, and renovate and expand a dozen more.
"We have a skilled and very experienced staff at Physical Plant," he said. "This is an exceptional group of people, and I believe that we are up to the job."
"We have our work cut out for us as enrollment and construction continue to grow over the next few years," Freeman said. "Expansion means more opportunity and more responsibility for the people of our department."
Freeman is a Fairmont native and married to the former Pat Demery, a 1975 UNCP graduate. They have three children: James, a 2002 U.S. Air Force Academy graduate and commissioned officer, stationed at Pope Air Force Base; Lindsay, who will attend the Air Force Academy Prep School in Colorado Spring, Co., in the fall and Brett a senior at Fairmont High School.