Monday, August 4, 2014

Whatever happened to Wayne Ward?

     Amid numerous and persistent complaints about his brutish actions and imperious management style, Director of Facilities and Maintenance, Wayne Ward, finally left IVC in 2007. I think Glenn actually gave him a plaque as he left. Typical Glenn: he supports his hires to the bitter end, no matter how lousy they turn out to be.
     So what’s become of the fella?
     I did a little looking. As it turns out, eventually, Wayne snagged (in 2011) another “director of facilities” gig. It was at what was once the worst community college in the world, namely, the former Compton Community College, which, notoriously, managed to get its ticket pulled in 2006, whereupon it became a “center” of nearby El Camino College. (Voila! All better!)
     I found the following biographical blurb about Wayne in the March 2011 edition of the “El Camino College Compton Center News” (ECC Compton Center Welcomes New Full-time Faculty and Manager):
Wayne Anthony Ward
     Manager, Facilities, Maintenance and Operations. Ward previously served as executive director of property services for MERIT Property Management Inc. in Aliso Viejo, Calif., from 2007 to 2010. From 2004 to 2007, he was the director of facilities at Irvine Valley College where he directed new construction and renovations projects, as well as managed a campus modernization project resulting in the construction of two key building initiatives contributing to improved student outcomes. From 1999-2004, Ward served the City of Anaheim as the district manager in the Public Works Department at the Anaheim Resort. Prior to that assignment, he also served the city as the manager of the Anaheim Convention Center. He earned a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Chapman University, a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix [har har], and an associate degree in electronic technology from Rancho Santiago College in Santa Ana, Calif.
Wayne gets a plaque, March, 2007
     I looked, and Ward is no longer working at the Compton Center. Nowadays, he’s working for Amway Global. He’s “Group Leader, California Facilities Operations,” whatever that is.
     Back in the day (at IVC), he was pretty rotten, according to many who worked with and under him. We told some of those tales here in DtB. (Around me, he came off as a noisy glad-hander, a used car salesman.)
     I was amused to find various glowing letters of recommendation at one of Wayne's professional linking sites. Oh, what a fine fellow he is!
     Such a world.

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