UA Little Rock’s Hadden recognized as industry Pacesetter

Ian Hadden, director of Energy Management Services at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, has been named a 2019 Pacesetter for the educational facilities management industry.

APPA, previously known as the Association of Physical Plant Administrators, will recognize Hadden July 15 at the APPA awards reception during the APPA annual conference in Denver. APPA promotes leadership in educational facilities for professionals seeking to build their careers, transform their institutions, and elevate the value and recognition of facilities in education. The Pacesetter Award recognizes professionals who have made significant contributions at their regions or chapters.

“Ian has represented UA Little Rock with distinction in the APPA arena, and the Pacesetter award is well deserved,” said Dave Millay, associate vice chancellor for facilities management and planning at UA Little Rock. “His contributions to our university and profession are significant, and I am proud of what he has accomplished and will continue to accomplish.”

As Director of Energy Management Services for UA Little Rock, Hadden leads a 21-member team responsible for the HVAC, plumbing, electrical, building control systems and utilities on campus and the Bowen School of Law.

Before joining UA Little Rock’s Facilities Management Department in 2013, Hadden spent 16 years in the commercial HVAC, energy project development and green building industry with manufacturers and an architecture and engineering design firm. Prior to that, he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy for six years.

 Hadden is a licensed Professional Engineer;  a Certified Educational Facilities Professional (CEFP);  LEED Accredited Professional Building Design + Construction (LEED AP BD+C), and a Certified Energy Manager. 

In May, he earned his MBA from the UA Little Rock’s College of Business and was named the Outstanding MBA student for the 2018-19 academic year, His wife Tiffany is also a UA Little Rock alum who earned her Master of Social Work, also in May 2019. They have two sons, a high school senior at Central High School and a freshman at Parkview Magnet.

“I would like to thank David Millay for introducing me to APPA,” Hadden said. “It’s been wonderful getting to know colleagues from other institutions, sharing successes and solutions to struggles as well as exposure to the wonderful training programs.”

Other 2019 recipients of the Pacesetter Award this year include Connie Simmons, Phillip Exeter Academy; Kevin Mann, Salisbury University; and Thomas Polansky, Occidental College.

Photo of Ian Hadden by Benjamin Krain 

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