Towson University’s Materiel Management Department provides the university with professional support services such as central receiving, warehousing, property disposal, asset record keeping, and moving. The Director of this extremely busy and important unit of Facilities Management is Phillip Butler. Mr. Butler has directed the Materiel Management department since October 2, 1991. He started working for Towson University in December, 1981 as a Supply Officer. During his 31 year tenure he acquired his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting in June of 1987. Phillip said, “I always figured TU would be a relatively long career commitment, as I was attending school part time, working toward a degree. I knew it would be a much longer career when the opportunity to become the department head of Materiel Management, materialized; No pun intended.”
Phillip also served on the Council of University System Staff (CUSS) and Towson University Staff Council (TUSC) where he advocated and worked with groups at the System level on important issues, such as changing the policies on contingent staff. One policy change paved the way for converting long-term contingent employees to regular staff.
The aforementioned help prepared Phillip Butler to lead the Materiel Management department and to serve the entire campus community. He aids every department on campus with the receiving, storing, delivering, moving, and assisting record keeping services, while simultaneously serving the students with the logistical support services. Statistics during FY 2011 Materiel Management include: receiving 14,000 shipments and redelivering 31,400 packages; filling nearly 500 store orders; processing nearly 1,300 moving services requests; managing the move of around 200 people into the new Liberal Arts building; disposing of nearly 10,000 assets, recycling more than 68 tons of electronic equipment; processing nearly 7,500 asset record updates, all while managing an inventory of more than 11,700 assets valued at nearly $50 million.
The entire department works as a team and that none of this could have happened without the staff members whom aim to
deliver superior customer service every day. Phillip said, “I think managing people is the most demanding aspect of any manager’s job, but for the most part I have been lucky in terms of the quality of the people that have I have worked with and supervised. Helping other people – that work for and with you – to advance and achieve their goals is also very rewarding.”
The future of Materiel Management includes the utilization of more technology in processing work; e.g. foreseeing the iPad or similar technology to process package deliveries and moving services. Funding provided, Phillip would like to explore the potential benefits of using RFID technology to perform the university’s asset inventory functions. ”We’ll be looking into making our electronics recycling program even more profitable. I would like to adopt the College Park Records Retention Program to make [TU] more user-friendly and efficient.”
Towson University is very fortunate to have a well-operated Materiel Management team and their “manager with a mission” Phillip Butler, whose focus is intricately involved in one of TU’s 2016 goals that identifies and responds to the needs of our students: “Building within ~ Reaching out!”