Jerry Gentry has been named director of physical plant for Missouri Western State University and will begin his duties on Dec. 2. As director of the physical plant, Gentry will serve a leadership role at the University, and within the financial planning and administration division.

Gentry brings more than 10 years of experience in plant management and maintenance supervision to the role, as well as 15 years of experience in project management. He is currently the facility manager at Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. Prior to Boehringer, Gentry worked at Heartland Health Systems, Schultz Electric Inc. and Nelson Electric Inc.

“We are thrilled to have someone with Jerry’s level of expertise fill this position,” said Cale Fessler, vice president for finance and administration. “His technical knowledge and extensive project management experience will serve the University well.”

As director of physical plant, Gentry will be responsible for the development and implementation of programs, policies and procedures related to the operation and maintenance of physical facilities. He will manage personnel, budgeting, planning, capital construction and renovation, environmental safety, and basic operations of buildings, mechanical systems, grounds, motor pool, mailroom and custodial services.

“I am excited about the opportunity to come and work for Missouri Western,” said Gentry. “Having grown up in St. Joseph, I know what a critical role the University plays in the community, and it will be an honor to come to work here every day.”

Gentry attended Missouri Western for two years before attending Hillyard Technical School to become an NJATC School Certified Electrician and earning his Master Electricians License. He has training and licenses in the areas of welding, HVAC and refrigeration, electrical, high-pressure boilers, ammonia plants, refrigeration plants and thermography.

Missouri Western State University is a comprehensive regional university providing a blend of traditional liberal arts and professional degree programs. The university offers student-centered, high quality instruction that focuses on experience-based learning, community service, and state-of-the-art technology. Missouri Western is located in St. Joseph, Mo., and is committed to the educational, economic, cultural and social development of the region it serves. Visit