Dominican's facilities director honored

Jacques Charton, the Executive Director of Facility and Auxiliary Services for Dominican University of California, is responsible for implementing the campus’ transformation into the 21st century. He will be honored on June 15 at the North Bay Business Journal’s inaugural Facilities Managers Recognition Awards in Santa Rosa.

Photo by Brandon DavisCharton, who lives in San Rafael, was selected by a NBBJ committee to be saluted among the most outstanding facilities managers in the North Bay.

“It’s really about the Board of Trustees’ vision for Dominican the year I came here, and our perseverance implementing the Campus Master Plan until it was completed,” Charton said. “Working collaboratively with the City of San Rafael and the neighboring community, we took the opportunity to really change the campus from where it was. It was a full transition …. I’m receiving recognition for the hard work of many.”

When Charton arrived at Dominican in 1995, there was poor outdoor lighting, minimal signage on buildings and the campus’ walkways were made of gravel.

“It was time for a change,” Charton said.

Prior to Dominican, Charton was Director of Facilities at the San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo where he worked for 11 years.

Upon receiving recognition from the NBJJ, Charton praised his hardworking staff, including Associate Director of Auxiliary Services/Facility Services Coordinator Michelle O’Leary, who has worked with Charton for 15 years, and Michael Henkes, Associate Director of Facilities Services, who recently celebrated his 20th anniversary of service at Dominican. Charton also oversees campus security, food services, custodial services, and campus bookstore.