The SSC Grounds Management Team has been awarded a 4 STAR Accreditation from the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) for the Texas A&M University Campus. This is a great honor as there is currently only five other college campuses with this accreditation.

The grounds team worked together for months on the extensive application process to provide the necessary documentation and explanation of the management practices used on the Texas A&M campus.

Here is an excerpt from the Compass Group Corporate newsletter explaining the value of this accreditation:

The PGMS Landscape Management and Operations Accreditation program is a dynamic evaluation tool that can be utilized by facilities and organizations that have a landscape services or grounds component. To receive this 4-star accreditation rating, the SSC grounds unit has demonstrated that it continues to meet the PGMS Accreditation program’s ground management requirements, including environmental stewardship, social responsibility and economic performance and that it remains committed to striving for excellence. “This accomplishment is by no means an easy task; this required a strong commitment with dedicated folks to not only show evidence that the grounds management best practices were in place at the university, but that they were implemented correctly and are monitored as required by the program to show their excellence,” said Joe Jackson, Accreditation Facilitator for PGMS. “The grounds manager, staff, and SSC leadership should be highly commended for this accomplishment. It is by no means an easy task and is very demanding for any organization. To get 4-stars is a testament to the dedication and commitment of SSC and Texas A&M University.”

SSC at TAMU is very proud of the entire Grounds Department for their work on campus and for the teamwork and dedication that the management team (listed below) put forward to earn this 4 STAR accreditation.

Phillip Zellner CPTM | Regional Director of Operations, Grounds Management Mike Teal, PLA | Heavy Equipment, Landscape Construction Manager Bryan McGee ACE, CPTM | Lawn & Ornamental, Pest Control Manager Brian Carey CPTM, CSFM | Sports & Fine Turf Manager Ricky Scher CPTM | Turf & RELLIS Manager Neil Fletcher | Horticulture & Arboriculture Manager Carla Wiseniske Leonard | Special Projects, Greenhouse & Sanitation Manager Patrick Towns | Irrigation Manager Krista Phillips | Grounds Administrative Supervisor Barbara Musgrove | Strategic Project Management Matthew Powell | GIS Intern, Graduate Student Worker

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