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Farewell to Rick Couture

Contributed by Carl Sgrecci on 07/18/13 

After more than three decades of dedicated service to Ithaca College, Rick Couture has announced that he will be leaving for a position as Director of Facilities and Operations at Northfield Mount Hermon, a private school in western Massachusetts.  The move will bring Rick and his wife, Margarete, closer to family, including their first grandchild. 

Rick first came to the College in 1981, serving for two years as a Residence Director. He briefly left for another position before returning in 1984 as the Assistant Director of Residential Life.  In 1989 he joined the Office of Physical Plant as Assistant Director of Facilities Services.  He was promoted to Director of the Office of Physical Plant in 2002 and to Associate Vice President for Facilities in 2006.

The landscape of the College has changed greatly during Rick’s time here, and he has had a hand in nearly every aspect of that change, from where we walk and drive to where we work and study to where we eat, sleep, and play.  Over the past decade alone, he has overseen close to $150 million worth of new construction and renovation projects, including the Park Center for Business, PRW, the Circle Apartments and the A&E Center.  His able leadership of the team of nearly 200 hardworking professionals responsible for our buildings, grounds, and operations has helped make the South Hill campus a safe, comfortable, clean, functional, and sustainable environment for our students, staff, and faculty.

It has been an honor and a pleasure to have had the opportunity to work alongside Rick for these past 30 years, and his positive attitude and dedication to superior service will certainly be missed by all.

We will keep the campus community informed as we make plans for filling the Associate Vice President position. We will also let you know when we have scheduled a reception at the Facilities complex to celebrate the work of Rick and his team and to bid him a proper farewell prior to his planned departure.

Please join me in thanking Rick for his outstanding contributions to the College, and wishing him and Margarete the very best in this next and exciting phase of their lives.

Farewell to Rick Couture | 7 Comments |
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Farewell to Rick Couture Comment from awoodard on 07/19/13
Congratulations, Rick! It has been a pleasure to work with you for many years, and you are leaving the College with many fine contributions. Best of luck to you and Margarete! Thanks for all you have given to Ithaca!
Farewell to Rick Couture Comment from switherup on 07/19/13
Best of luck to you Rick! Many thanks for so many years of service and for your
work to achieve many sustainability and energy conservation goals. Its been
great to work with you.
Farewell to Rick Couture Comment from malpass on 07/19/13
We are really going to miss you and your dedication, vision, and effective
leadership. IC has benefited in so many ways from your efforts here. Best of
Farewell to Rick Couture Comment from psubramaniam on 07/19/13

I wish you the very best, Rick. Enjoy your grandchild!
Farewell to Rick Couture Comment from jbradac on 07/19/13
Rick, I wish you the best in your new position! Thanks for
many years of professionalism and service to Ithaca College.
You will be missed!
Farewell to Rick Couture Comment from estaman1 on 07/19/13
The three Northfield residents on campus welcome you to
Western Massachusetts! Enjoy your new post at NMH!
Farewell to Rick Couture Comment from pwilliams on 07/21/13
Thank you, Rick, for your outstanding service to IC over the years--
especially your leadership and excellent work in your current AVP position.
Congrats on the move to NMH and welcome back to New England!