AUBURN – Capt. Daniel P. King, a civil engineer who is retiring from the U.S. Navy after 28 years, has been named assistant vice president for facilities at Auburn University, effective Dec. 8.
In his new post, King will oversee campus maintenance, planning and related functions, including many responsibilities formerly held by John Mouton of the McWhorter School of Building Science. Mouton recently returned to his academic post after three years as special assistant to the president.
“Dan King brings a tremendous amount of expertise leading complex facilities management operations and teams to this position,” said Don Large, Auburn’s executive vice president, who led the search committee. “He also brings a great deal of enthusiasm, and we’re happy to welcome him to the university and the community.”
King holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, a master’s degree in civil engineering from MIT and a master’s degree in information systems technology from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He also completed the executive advanced management program of the Wharton School of Commerce at the University of Pennsylvania.
Since graduating from Annapolis as an ensign in 1980, King has risen through the ranks to captain and the position of public works officer of the U.S. Naval Academy since July 2006. In 2007, he directed 330 contract actions with a total value of $82 million.
“This is a great opportunity; my wife and I enjoyed seeing the community,” said King, who is married to the former Janet Czaplicki of Clinton, Conn. “I really look forward to being part of the Auburn Family, and can’t wait to get started.”
King previously served as commander of a mobile construction battalion, command information officer of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command and commander of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southwest. His Navy commendations include a Legion of Merit, four Meritorious Service Medals, two Navy Achievement Medals, a Meritorious Unit Commendation and two Combat E’s.
(Contributed by Roy Summerford.)