M. Keith Thompson was named Indiana University's assistant vice president for facility operations and energy management and utilities in July 2019. Thompson had served as university director of energy management and utilities since 2016.
In this role, Thompson will continue to provide operational and strategic leadership for universitywide energy management and utilities. He also will develop and coordinate facilities-related operations and systems on all IU campuses, including facility operations/physical plants and large auxiliary units. He will plan, develop, prioritize, recommend and set cost parameters for repair and rehabilitation projects on all campuses in consultation with campus facility directors.
As university director of energy management and utilities, Thompson managed an annual spend of approximately $75 million for utilities, including electricity, natural gas, steam, chilled water, water, wastewater, storm water and communications infrastructure. He also coordinated utility rate cases, negotiated reductions in purchased utility rates, hedged future natural gas and renewal energy credit purchases, oversaw steam and chilled water production for the Bloomington campus, and implemented a cloud-based software system to manage and track utilities.
An Indianapolis native, Thompson is a graduate of Trine University, where he received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. Before coming to IU, he served as vice president for power production for the Wabash Valley Power Association in Indianapolis for 16 years. He also held positions at R.W. Beck in Indianapolis and Indiana Michigan Power in Marion, Indiana.
- Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering; Trine University