RICHMOND, Ky. — Bryan Makinen has been named associate vice president for facilities management and safety at Eastern Kentucky University.
Makinen’s role will provide him the opportunity to serve the university’s physical plant, engineering and construction, grounds, structures, and maintenance in addition to his previous role serving the police department, environmental health and safety, emergency management and security, risk management and insurance and other critical areas.
Makinen has been instrumental in leading the EKU response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring learning, working and living conditions on campus are as safe and health-conscious as possible while shepherding the university toward a pragmatic, well-organized plan for a full return to campus life, which is planned for this fall.
He has been heralded for the university’s involvement in vaccination opportunities for students and community members. His team’s work in university insurance claims has been lauded with awards from the university’s insurer KEMI in consecutive years.
Makinen is a three-time graduate of Eastern Kentucky University with a bachelor’s degree in industrial safety and risk management, ‘99; a master’s degree in public health ‘06; and a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies, ‘19.