By Destinie Holiday
Jeffrey L. Benjamin, P.E., has been named executive director of Facilities Services for the University of Houston.
A licensed professional engineer in the state of Texas, Benjamin began his career as an electrician’s mate in the U.S. Navy. He retired after 24 years of service as a lieutenant commander with the Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps in 2013.
Most recently, he was the project director for the City of Houston’s Northeast Water Purification Plant Expansion Project, a $1.5 billion, 320 million-gallon-per-day expansion to the plant, which is the largest design-build water purification plant project in the world.
Benjamin graduated from Vanderbilt University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and from North Carolina State University with a master’s degree in construction engineering and management. He is serving on the board of directors of the southwest region of the Design-Build Institute of America and continues to have a strong commitment to public service.
With over 20 years of experience managing projects and facilities worldwide for the Navy and Marine Corps in austere environments, he brings a diverse and seasoned facilities-related background to the University.
As executive director, Benjamin looks forward to providing leadership and direction to Facilities Services, which includes custodial services, grounds maintenance and facilities management, as well as operation and maintenance of the central plant.
“I am extremely excited to become a part of the University of Houston team. I look forward to doing my part to build upon this University’s great reputation,” he said.