Hello ERAPPA members,
It is my pleasure to welcome Hugh Briggs as the Vice President for Chapter Development on the ERAPPA Board. Hugh was appointed to this role following Andy Wilson’s retirement from Slippery Rock University in April 2022 to serve the balance of Andy’s current term.
Hugh is a facilities professional who believes the proper management of buildings, grounds, and infrastructure can make a positive difference in post-secondary environments, the experiences of post-secondary students, and assist post-secondary institutions in becoming leaders in the quest for a carbon neutral world. His goals are to contribute constructively, focus on the positive, and ensure successful outcomes.
Hugh started with Lakehead University in 1990 as a construction supervisor during a period of rapid growth. Five years later he became the Services Supervisor, responsible for housekeeping and grounds as well as shipping and receiving. He then took on two back-to-back managerial rolls overseeing mechanical, electrical and energy systems. In 2008 Hugh became the Director of Physical Plant, the position he currently holds at Lakehead.
Hugh’s first involvement with the OAPPA chapter of ERAPPA was in 1998 when Lakehead University hosted the Chapter Conference of OAPPA. Since then, Hugh has been actively involved in the Chapter including in a group for grounds managers, on the Energy Committee, on the executive of the Chapter, and finally serving as Chapter President from 2016 until 2021.
Hugh is also an avid sailor on Lake Superior, lover of the outdoors, and a fan of folk music.