Most recently a special adviser to the executive vice president and chief financial officer, Spradlin joined the zoology department following graduation from high school. Over the years, he was a technician, instrument maker, laboratory supervisor, administrative assistant, assistant to the vice president for academic affairs, director of Plant Extension and associate vice president of business operations.
During the past three decades, he played an integral role in every major campus construction project.
To all of his roles, Spradlin has brought brilliant management skills, an ability to work effectively with faculty and staff, and a gracious, self-effacing humor, the Regents said.
He has overseen construction and renovations totaling billions of dollars, including the lowering of the football field in Michigan Stadium, the razing of Old Main Hospital and the construction of the new University Hospital, as well as the renovation and construction of dozens of classroom and office buildings. More recently, Paul has led an effort to preserve University history by using new technologies to show what the campus looked like more than 100 years ago, and in so doing, he has created a rich resource for historians and campus planners.
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