H. Ford Stryker
Ford Stryker assumed responsibilities as the Associate Vice President for the Office of Physical Plant in 2004. Penn State’s physical plant consists of over 27 million gross square feet made up of more than 1,000 major buildings located on 23 campuses around Pennsylvania. Prior to his current position, he was the Deputy, Associate Vice President for Physical Plant from 1997 to 2004.
The Office of Physical Plant is responsible for master planning, design and construction of facilities, real estate services, space utilization, utility procurement, and environmental and safety programs at all campuses. In addition, at University Park the Office of Physical Plant is responsible for facilities maintenance and operations, grounds maintenance, utility systems operations and maintenance, and physical plant administration and financial services. The Physical Plant workforce consists of more than 1,350 professional, skilled technical services. and staff employees.
Prior to coming to Penn State, Ford served in the U. S. Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps where he attained the rank of Captain. His last assignment was as Commanding Officer of Public Works Center (PWC) Norfolk, which was then the Navy’s largest PWC, employing more than 3,700. Other significant Navy assignments include Public Works Officer tours overseas at two naval air stations; Sigonella, Sicily, and Keflavik, Iceland. He commanded Amphibious Construction Battalion Two, which deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and to Central America and Western Africa. He also had responsibility for construction and service contracting at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, the Navy’s largest nuclear shipyard, Naval Air Station in Sigonella, Sicily, and Naval Weapons Station Earle in Colts Neck, New Jersey.
Ford is a registered Professional Engineer. He graduated from Union College in Schenectady, New York with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and has a master’s degree also in civil engineering and construction management from University of California, Berkeley. He attended the Penn State Executive Management Program.