Michael Adams

Director of facilities planning, Mendocino-Lake Community College District, 1000 Hensley Creek Rd., Ukiah, 95482, 707-468-3072, mendocino.edu

Age: 66

Residence: Finley

Professional background: Carpenter, general contractor, farmer. Mendocino College positions held: , assistant to the president, special projects and construction management, 1985--1994; director of facilities services, maintenance and operations, security and construction management, 1994--2007; director of facilities planning, bond project planning and construction, 2007--present.

Education: Certificate in construction management

Staff: Carolyn Pryor

Describe the facilities you oversee: I have overseen the planning, funding, design and construction of all buildings at Mendocino-Lake Community College District, including three site master plans at the main campus and two off campus education centers.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: I’m the most proud of my family. I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart for 45 years. We were in the third grade together.

We have two children, a son, Tyson, 40, who is a family physician in Redding, and a daughter, 36, who is a librarian in the San Francisco schools. We have three grandchildren -- two girls, 5 and 16, and one boy, 18.

I am a private pilot, though I haven’t flown for several years. Also I have draft horses, which I drive mostly for pleasure, but have also done weddings, hayrides and parades.

I am the volunteer executive director of the Soper Reese Community Theatre and for 23 years have been a member of the board of People Service, Inc., a nonprofit benefiting the developmentally disabled.

What do you see as the role of the facilities managers within your organization?: To facilitate and represent the college’s interests in the planning, design and construction process that will support the instructional programs for students.

What is the achievement you are most proud of?: I’ve had the pleasure to be a part of the building of an important institution in my community.

What is your biggest challenge today?: Closing out all the current projects and finding the next meaningful endeavor that will be as rewarding as this job has been.

What’s the next major project either under way or on the horizon?: Allied Health and Nursing project  as well as completing the Soper Reese Community Theatre, a volunteer community project.

What product or service would/or is helping you do your job more effectively?: Legal services in order to find the most efficient, cost-effective and legal method of building public facilities.

How do you think your profession will change in the next five years?: Unfortunately the profession has increasingly become more bureaucratic, adversarial and less about the end product and results.

Most admired businessperson outside your organization: These gentlemen represent integrity: Mark Davis of Wright Contracting and Brain Wright of TLCD Architecture.

Current reading: The House on Lemon Street: Japanese Pioneers and the American Dream by Mark Rawitsch

Most want to meet: Maya Angelo

Stress relievers: Playing the piano

Favorite hobbies: Draft horse driving and music.

Words that best describe you: Brutally honest, fair.