Pioneer Spotlight: Tony Isabell
Tony Isabell is the program supervisor of Custodial Services at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He has been at the university for nearly 10 years and is very passionate about his job. As president elect of the Association of College and University Building Service Supervisors, he networks with other supervisors at universities and colleges across the nation to share insight and get new ideas for the UW-Platteville campus.
What does a typical workday look like for you?
I usually walk to work and come in pretty early at about 5:30 a.m. Then, we open up all the buildings on campus, including the fieldhouse. I manage 34 employees, so I’ll look at attendance and what we have to do for the day. I organize daily work for my employees and attend a number of meetings to ensure that everything the campus wants us to do gets done. I have really good employees, and they all work hard to make it happen.
Can you describe your involvement with the Association of College and University Building Service Supervisors?
The Association of College and University Building Service Supervisors is a nationwide organization with a mission to advance the highest standards of professional management, modern methods and educational programs in the institutional custodial care industry. It is made up of supervisors who do my type of work. I’m currently on the board of directors for the organization, and I’ve been elected president. Each year, ACUBSS sponsors a conference in late October or early November. At these conferences, we network with supervisors from different universities and colleges around the country to see how we can help improve our services all around. When you network with different people, you get new ideas and you learn how to do things better. We’ve found that if something isn’t working for us, a lot of other people have already figured out ways to tweak it and make it work; so that really helps us out. This year, the conference is going to be at the University of Illinois in Champagne, Illinois. In 2019, I will be bringing the conference to UW-Platteville. I’m really excited about this; it will be a great way to help bring nationwide exposure to our campus and it will allow the ACUBSS members to see how we do things in the custodial department here at UW-Platteville.
What do you like about working in a university environment?
I like interacting with different people, and getting to know students whom I see around. I also like watching all the activities on campus and being a part of making it happen.
What is something you wish people knew about custodial services on campus?
I would like people to know that we are really dedicated to what we do. We really take pride in our work and try to do the best job that we can. We want to make the campus look nice and we want to do a good job for the students, faculty members and employees.
What do you like to do outside of work?
I’m very family-orientated. I like to spend time with my wife, whom I have been married to for 29 years. Both of my children are grown up and out of the house, but when they are home I like to visit with them. I also have a new daughter in-law, as my son recently got married. So I spend most of my free time with my family and at my church.
Interview conducted by: Laura Janisch, UW-Platteville Communications, 608-342-1194, firstname.lastname@example.org