The 675+ staff members of Facilities Operations and Development (FOD) are responsible for managing the university’s physical plant: roads & sidewalks, landscaping, utilities, maintenance, custodial, renovation & construction oversight and project management, environmental health & safety, energy services & sustainability, lock & keycard control, university signage, building design standards, elevators, emergency preparedness, fire systems, plumbing, painting, solid waste management, and more.
This team is led by Mary Lynn Readey, Associate Vice President. She joined the university in February 2005 as Deputy General Counsel in the Office of Legal Affairs and has led FOD since 2009. Before joining Ohio State, she was the Executive Director (2002-2005) of the Ohio School Facilities Commission (now operating under the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission). While with the Ohio Attorney General’s office, she was Chief for both the Education and Court of Claims Defense sections (1995-2002). During 1987-1995, Readey was in the private practice of law, specializing in commercial litigation and becoming partner in her firm in 1994. Readey served in the United States Air Force - Officer Active Duty (1975-1979) and Reserves (1981-1987).
She received bachelor degrees in both Political Science (Southeast Missouri State University) and Economics (University of Vermont). Her Juris Doctor degree is from the University of Dayton Law School, where she was the Law Review Editor-in-Chief, served on the Moot Court regional and national teams, and received the 2012 Distinguished Graduate Award.
Her professional associations and recognition have included:
- APPA 2017 Sustainability Award for Facilities Operations and Development
- APPA 2016 Award for Excellence for Facilities Operations and Development
- APPA: Leadership in Educational Facilities
- National Association of College and University Attorneys
- Ohio State Bar Association
- Columbus Bar Association - past Committee Chair
- Ohio Women’s Bar Association - past President
“If The Ohio State University and its Wexner Medical Center were a city, it would be Ohio's 7th largest, ranked behind Dayton. As you can imagine, it takes many people working a great number of hours to maintain such a large and diverse campus. This video from 2014 shows only some of the work that FOD staff do to support the university’s academic goals and provide a clean and safe environment for students, faculty, and staff."