Employees of the month

Delbert Dailey

September University Support Staff Employee of the Month

Delbert Dailey

Started at KU: 2005

Current title: Custodian, Facilities Operations

What that means: Dailey is responsible for cleaning and maintaining the three-story Multidisciplinary Research Building on west campus, a 106,000-square-foot facility that houses laboratories, workrooms, offices and conference rooms for 200 faculty, student and staff researchers.

Notable: Dailey takes the lead in caring for the MRB. Because of staff shortages and turnover, he often does all of the work himself. He is diligent and experienced and has excellent relationships with tenants of the building. One said, “Delbert comes to work every day when no one else shows up.” Before he leaves for the day, he always asks whether there is anything else that needs to be taken care of.

Roger Lee Harmon

Roger Lee Harmon

September Unclassified Employee of the Month

Started at KU: 1987

Current title: Project manager, Design and Construction Management

What that means: Harmon is the full-service construction administrator for all in-house designed construction, and on capital projects as assigned. His specific duties include site inspections, site testing, preparing change orders, completion certificates, interacting with contractors, and resolving conflicts which often have a monetary component.

Notable: Harmon manages as many as 10 to 15 construction projects at a time and, of necessity, is extremely flexible and adaptable. Colleagues say his excellence on the job is due to a combination of his easygoing attitude with an extensive knowledge of construction methods. Without his skills, problems would not get resolved, and the possibility of a contractor walking off a job would be very real.

Harmon often works irregular hours to observe critical construction activities. He will do whatever is necessary to protect the interests of the university in construction projects. At the same time, he is the face of KU for many contractors who come to campus to build. In a typical morning, Roger will go from a roof inspection, to approving the current facet of an office remodel, to observing a concrete pour, all while being in communication with several people and keeping other projects on track.

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