Wittenberg has announced that D. Joey Shope, division manager of property management for the City of Dayton, will serve as the director of facilities management at the University beginning June 7.
“Joey was well-received in an extensive interview process that encompassed many areas of the University that engage daily with our facilities and grounds team,” said Vice President for Finance and Administration Rob Young. “I am excited about him applying many of his lessons learned in his prior work experiences to the processes and team here at Wittenberg. We look forward to his arrival and are confident that he will make an immediate and positive impact on our campus.”
Shope started out as a finance technician with the City of Dayton in 2011 and has since moved up the ranks as an assistant buyer, a buyer, and the Central Services business manager before taking on his current role in July 2018. As the division manager, he was responsible for building closures, leasing of excess space, lease negotiations on new properties, including lease renewals, overseeing property management, building and ground maintenance, security, parking, inventory, and janitorial services for more than 60 properties and more than 40 employees within the City. He also coordinated and managed City capital improvement projects and worked with an operating budget of over $7 million and a capital budget ranging from $2-15 million. As a buyer with the City, he procured best values for materials, equipment, services, and supplies for City agencies, resulting in more than $500,000 in cost savings. He also researched and forecasted all bidding procedures and needs.
“I am looking forward to joining team Wittenberg,” Shope said. “Being on campus and getting a better sense of the atmosphere has really shown me what being a part of the Wittenberg team is like, and I couldn’t be more excited. I’m also looking forward to working with Vice President Young and my team to enhance the facilities at Wittenberg. I’m eager to hit the ground running and do my part to ensure our operations meet the top-notch standard that Wittenberg is known for.”
Shope earned his B.A. in business administration from Franklin University in June 2014. He also earned the International Facilities Management Association Facility Management Professional credential in January 2021.
Shope has been a member of the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, the International Facility Management Association, the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, the Central Ohio Organization of Public Purchasers, and the Southwest Ohio Purchasers for Government. He has also served on the City of Dayton wellness committee, acting as a liaison between the committee and colleagues and volunteering at wellness events, and he has been a member of the procurement outreach program for the American Heart Association, creating and assisting with American Heart Association initiatives and coordinating outreach events for the City.