Senior Director of Services
University of Georgia
Kimberly Thomas is the Senior Director of Services at The University of Georgia with 29 years of work in higher education and K-12 public school institutions. Her direct report departments include Building Services, Grounds/Fleet & Waste Management, Sustainability, FMD Warehouse, and Work Request Center. These areas are comprised of over 500 employees and a $13 million-dollar operational (non-personnel) budget. Her departments have been nationally recognized as Best Practice organizations by national professional organizations and industry media related to green cleaning practices, sustainability, grounds and landscape management, historic preservation, and the UGA Building Worker Service Academy (educational facility custodial training).
Kimberly formerly served as the Executive Director for Facility Operations at the Clarke County School District and was responsible for facility operations and custodial services for seventeen schools, 125 employees, and a $2.5M budget (2011-2017). Her department was the named 2015 Grand Award K-12 Schools winner and the 2014 Honorable Mention winner of the Green Cleaning Award for Schools and Universities competition. Her department has also received recognition for its commitment to green cleaning and sustainability from the Healthy Schools Network, Environmental Protection Agency-Georgia state office, and the U.S. Green Building Council-Georgia division. Prior to her role at Clarke County, she was the Assistant Director of Services for the University of Georgia – Facilities Management Division (2008-2011), which won the Green Cleaning Award’s Grand Award in 2010. UGA has received multiple designations for ISSA’s CIMS-Green Building certification since 2010.
Kimberly has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Georgia. She serves on the National Steering Committee for Healthy Green Schools and Colleges, was a contributing author of the ISSA Green Cleaning Industry Standard certification standard, and is a frequent contributing author in industry trade magazines such as Facility Management Decisions, Facility Cleaning Maintenance, and the American Schools and Universities magazine. She is an active member of several UGA campus diversity and women mentorship committees, the Georgia Association of Physical Plant Administrators, and a board member of local community organizations.