Society Honors Taylor for Exceptional Grounds Maintenance

Published: Nov 01, 2017

Former PGMS President Marion Bolick with Taylor Facilities Services Staff Members Kerry Shanebrook and Rod Boatwright

Taylor University has been recognized for upkeep and presentation of campus grounds by the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS). The group presented Taylor with an Honor Award in the Society's 2017 Green Star Awards® competition. The award was given in the University and College Grounds (Large) category for exceptional grounds maintenance.

The PGMS is an individual membership society of grounds professionals dedicated to advancing the grounds management profession through education and professional development. The Honor Award was presented to Taylor officials during the 2017 PGMS School of Grounds Management, held in conjunction with the GIE+EXPO in Louisville, Ky., October 18-21.

According to Taylor University Grounds Supervisor Kerry Shanebrook, the recognition is the result of a process in which universities and colleges competed in 15 different categories. Various areas of grounds keep were evaluated from athletic turf to landscape. Public, private and commercial landscapes were evaluated in competition of the awards.

“We’ve known and remarked internally that the Taylor University Campus is an incredibly beautiful space and a very special physical place for our students and employees to build our amazing higher education community,” said Ron Sutherland, Special Assistant to the President.

Sutherland said the grounds maintenance crew was recognized for more than just the physical appearance of Taylor’s grounds, but also for the crew’s individual acts of kindness and involvement within the community. “As blessed as I am by the physical work of our Grounds team on our campus, I am even more blessed by their willingness to invest and serve our students and employees in so many other ways as well. From prayer, to acts of service (like helping students with their cars) to spiritual guidance to several students, this team blesses our students,” he said.

To qualify for PGMS recognition, the campus grounds must be at least two years old and under continuous maintenance for that time.

“It pleases me to see my crew receive recognition for the work that they do,” said Shanebrook. “When you love the job and the people, it makes coming to work a pleasure. The university has blessed us with the resources and equipment to keep the campus maintained and enhance the landscaping for the enjoyment of students, faculty and staff.”