Facilities and Construction Staff


Mark Zimmerman is the Director for Facilities Management and Construction and has been employed at the College since 1995. Mark attained his Certificate in Management in 2001 and his BS in Business Administration in 2011 from Elizabethtown College.

Mark manages a seventy (70) person staff who are the stewards of the campus grounds and facilities.  The Facilities Management department oversees the physical plant which includes building trades, mechanical trades, grounds and environmental services.  The department is also responsible for the auto mechanic shop, technical and theater operations, SESP (Special Events and Summer Programs) and scheduling. 

Mark has over twenty-five years of experience in building renovation, remodeling and is responsible for the planning and executing of capital construction projects and renovations for the College in support of the College's strategic plan and mission. Mark graduated from APPA's (Association of Physical Plant Administrators) Facilities Management Institute and is credentialed through APPA with his CEFP (Certified Educational Facilities Professional).

Matthew Aungst is the Energy Auditor/Systems Analyst for the College.  Employed by the College since 2016, Matt is responsible for most aspects of the campus energy systems including planning, procurement, life cycle analysis and design of building envelopes, equipment and energy commodities. Additionally, Matt serves as Construction Manager and Coordinator for various projects occurring campus wide.

Matt has over 31 years of experience in various aspects of construction and energy related projects in a variety of private and public settings.  Matt attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL and graduated from the Associated Builders and Contractors 4 year program with a Journeyman’s License. Additionally, as a current business owner of over 15 years negotiating both domestic and international transactions, Matt brings a diverse and real time market perspective to his current duties at Elizabethtown College.

Harold Horst has been employed by the college since May of 2002. Being hired at that time as the lead HVAC technician, Harold took over as Mechanical Trades Supervisor in July of 2017. Prior to working at the college Harold had worked for 24 years as an HVAC tech as well as equipment sales for two different service companies in Lancaster County. Harold's responsibilities with Facilities involves supervision of a team of technicians who maintain the plumbing, electrical, and HVAC systems on campus along with tracking college water consumption and supervision of the Siemens Energy Management System.

Jeremy Schmoel is our Carpentry Supervisor and has been with the College since 2015. He currently oversees the carpentry staff, painters and general maintenance work around campus including giving management oversight to many of the projects done by both outside contractors and college staff. For the last 25 years, Jeremy has been involved in all aspects of his trade from building furniture, fine carpentry, architectural and interior design work as well as business and project management.

Nathan Eshleman is the Supervisor of Grounds.  He joined our staff in 2014 and comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the area of horticulture.  Nathan is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the grounds department and oversees snow removal activities.  Nathan is a Pennsylvania Certified Horticulturist and holds a BS in Ag Ed from Penn State concentrating on leadership development and communications.

Curtis Edwards is the Manager of Environmental Services.  He oversees a staff of approximately 40 team members who are devoted to achieving the highest levels of environmental safety and sanitation campus wide. Curtis works cross-departmentally to ensure that students, faculty, staff, and guests experience a pleasant, professional, and well maintained facility. Curtis has been with Elizabethtown College since 2014, has 15 years of experience in Environmental Services and more than 20 years in public relations and leadership.

Barry Fritz is the Technical Operations Director.  The Technical Operations department provides support for events held in Leffler Chapel & Performance Center’s Musser Auditorium and the Brossman Common’s Koon’s Activity Venue. Barry has been with the college since 1995.  Barry has also served as a faculty member, resident designer, and technical director for the college’s Theatre Division. He has a BFA degree in Theatre from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Joe Hudzick is the Senior Manager of Special Events & Summer Programs, has been employed for nine years and is a 2009 Graduate of Elizabethtown College. Joe supervises the Scheduling Office and Special Events & Summer Programs student summer employees.  Joe is also responsible for assisting off campus clients with planning for an event or conference on campus. 

Beth Graham is the Supervisor for Special Events & Summer Programs.  Beth directly supervises both the event setup staff and the Special Events & Summer Programs student employees.  Beth is also responsible for assisting off campus clients with planning for an event or conference on campus.  She is also responsible for coordinating all on campus event setups with members of the campus community who are planning events.

Robert Mrgich is the Office/Work Station Manager for Facilities Management and has been employed at the College since 2012. Bob oversees the day-to-day operation of the Facilities Management front office, including the work order system. He also handles accounts payable for the department and acts as administrator for the departments P-Card (purchasing card/Visa).

Sharon Defenderfer is the Administrative Assistant at Facilities Management. Sharon answers the many telephone calls from the campus community for assistance. Her responsibilities also include filing and correspondence involving campus construction and events, and managing the schedule for the Director of Facilities Management. In addition, Sharon manages the College’s vehicle/Motorpool reservations and reports. Sharon has been employed at the College since 2001.