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Lynn O’Sullivan, Facilities Services, 2011–2023

Lynn O’Sullivan, Facilities Services, 2011–2023

Since 2011, Lynn O’Sullivan has been the administrator in the Facilities Services department, having served multiple directors of the department, including me.  It has been my fortune to have worked with Lynn for more than 7 years. We have had a lot of fun while getting a lot of work done.

Lynn has been the glue that keeps everything together and makes sure that what needs to get done gets done. And if it doesn’t, you know that you will hear from her.

Lynn, with support from her team, manages the routing of inbound maintenance requests, payment of millions of dollars in bills, vendor contracts, the mailroom, supply purchasing, and any miscellaneous issue that reaches facilities. She answers questions about policies, procedures, and supports team members who have questions about vacation and anything else. She is also responsible for making sure that all members of the facilities teams have a uniform that works for them in every season.

Described by a colleague as a “fantastic human being,” Lynn always tries to find the best path forward in any circumstance.

As much as Lynn gives to the work itself, she balances it all with fun and great conversation. Lynn is always ready to lend an ear to anyone who needs it, provide perspective that is real but caring at the same time, and share what she hears around campus if she thinks it will help someone.

She also makes sure that special events and moments within the department are recognized. Lynn was responsible for putting together the many celebratory events held in the Facilities shop area. Her attention to everyone’s dietary needs were always addressed.

In her retirement, Lynn looks forward to spending more time with her young grandchildren and, since she lives around the corner, helping with the Lower School after school program.

Lynn, I know I speak for everyone here when I thank you for your dedication, care, and commitment to the Facilities Services department and the campus more broadly. We wish you the best in this new chapter of your life.

Nick Parnell
Director, Facilities Services


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