Cynthia Kranc (rhymes with "chance") is the Davis campus's new director of Building Maintenance, overseeing 180 employees and an operating budget of $11 million in general funds and $8 million in recharge.
The unit's employees comprise laborers, building maintenance workers, physical plant mechanics, skilled trade and craft employees, inspector-planner-estimators and superintendents.
"Cynthia brings considerable experience in managing large-scale facilities operations, including capital planning, construction and maintenance, in both the public and private sectors," Allen Tollefson, director of Facilities Management, said in a memo.
"Her background in budget planning, project management and directing skilled trades people will make her an asset in Facilities Management’s efforts to build a service- and customer-focused organization."
Kranc previously worked for the city of Sacramento. She started with the city in 2001 as a general supervisor in Public Works and later became a facilities superintendent before becoming facilities manager five years ago, managing 100 employees and a $16 million budget, with responsibility for major construction projects, and maintaining 425 buildings and other structures.
Previously she worked for Boeing, serving in a variety of progressively responsible management roles related to facilities, including inventory, finance, relocation and construction.
Kranc received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Washington State University and is a member of the WSU board of trustees.