We have a number of Randolph employees whose work makes a difference to the quality of the School environment and the student experience. Mark Salster, Director of Facilities and Grounds, is one of Randolph's Difference-Makers.
What do you do?
Byron [Hulsey, Former Head of School] described me as “The Doer.” Whatever the request or task, I get it done the best I can. My daily responsibilities are as Director of Facilities, Construction Supervisor, Safety and Security, Badge and Access, Fleet Repairs, Traffic. Every spring, I lead a group of students for Interim. We work with Habitat for Humanity in Tennessee. This will be my eighth year of leading this trip. I’m also on my seventh year coaching varsity football.
What’s different about your work here?
I've been at Randolph for 11 years. Before that, I worked for five years with Colonial Properties (now Colliers) maintaining commercial properties in the Huntsville area. I first got into the maintenance field by spending 15 years as an HVAC\refrigeration technician, building restaurants, maintaining and installing equipment. Working for Randolph has been great. It’s a joy working with my colleagues and the students. I am surrounded by good people. Getting to have my kids grow up in this community has been a bonus.
At school, I’m never without …
My phone. I’m on call 24/7. I receive calls at all hours, ranging from false fire alarms to animals on campus to door issues. The strangest call was probably a duck walking around the Drake Campus.
Where can you be found most days?
In my office, monitoring the security cameras, setting door locks, and working on overseeing construction and maintenance projects. Last Friday, we resurfaced and painted the road and parking on the Drake Campus. Right now we're working on an outdoor rest area on the Drake Campus fields. We'll have disabled and family restrooms as well as a picnic area. It should be ready by the spring of 2019.
What’s your philosophy about your work?
Treat everyone equal, do your job, be nice—you never know when someone is having a bad day.
Describe a great day at work.
Everything runs smoothly, and I complete a project.
Favorite school tradition?
Senior Buddies. My daughter is a senior this year, and she loves being a senior buddy.
Best time of the school year and why?
Fall. It's when school starts back, and you get to see the finished projects from the summer. Football season makes it better too.