SNU's Ron Lester earns Educational Facilities Professional (EFP) Credential

     The Association of Physical Plant Administrators of Universities and Colleges (APPA) recognizes leaders in educational facilities and is proud to announce that Ron Lester of Southern Nazarene University has received the new Educational Facilities Professional (EFP) credential.  The EFP is a way to validate the unique knowledge and competence required of an accomplished professional in the educational facilities field.


“Working for an educational institution is a calling – one that affects the future every day,” said Jack Colby, former APPA President and Chair of APPA’s Board for Educational Facilities Professionals Certification.  “The EFP program was designed to confirm professional achievements in the field and illustrate a basic, fundamental understanding of what it takes to create and maintain safe, functional and inspiring learning environments, now and for future generations.” 

Managing a campus is like managing a small city, requiring vision and comprehensive understanding of structures and their environments.  The exam for the EFP Credential covers APPAs four core competency areas for facilities professionals:  General Administration and Management, Operations and Maintenance, Energy and Utilities, Planning, Design and Construction.


“This professional designation is something Ron has applied himself very diligently to completing.  Obtaining this certification places him in the forefront among his peers at other universities.  It is a significant achievement for Ron personally, and we at Southern Nazarene University are proud of his accomplishment,” said Donna Nance, Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs at Southern Nazarene University.


With Ron earning the EFP credential, it allows him to represent the fundamental advantages as a facility professional that brings to our campus a strong decision-making leader.  Earning this new industry standard credential enhances the core knowledge, talent, skill, accountability and commitment that Ron already possesses.  As a team leader, the credential allows him to guide a systemic view of operations and development.


“The EFP credential is an exciting new standard for educational stewardship.  It represents core knowledge, talent, and skill, underscoring accountability and commitment to growth and master,” said Lander Medlin, APPA Executive Vice President.  “By earning the EFP designation, Ron shows his mastery and commitment to his work, his institution, and his colleagues.” 

The APPAs mission is to support educational excellence with quality leadership and professional management through education, research, and recognition.  For more information on the APPA, visit