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Western Today for Tuesday, June 21, 2011

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In the community

"Green Fire: A History of Huxley College"

Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment will host a presentation and reading of “Green Fire: A History of Huxley College,” the new book detailing the first 40 years of the groundbreaking environmental college, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21 at Village Books in Bellingham.

Former Seattle Times reporter and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, William Dietrich, the book’s lead author and a just-retired assistant professor at the college, will offer selected readings and lead a discussion of the book.

In the spotlight

John A. Furman, an engineer and veteran U.S. Coast Guard administrator, has been hired to serve as the director of Facilities Management at Western Washington University.

“We are excited that John has agreed to join Western as director of Facilities Management. He is a service-centered leader with strong communication skills and a vast array of facilities experience,” said Richard Van Den Hul, vice president for Business and Financial Affairs. “He also has a strong commitment and proven track record in advancing sustainability, energy efficiency and facility preservation. He is an excellent addition to the team here and will help us all in fulfilling our mission of serving Western in the facilities area.”

Capt. Furman, now deputy at the Coast Guard’s Shore Infrastructure Logistics Center in Norfolk, Va., will begin his duties at Western in August. He was hired following a national search and succeeds Tim Wynn, who is retiring.

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