Jim Marsteller Retires After Ten Years as Director of Facilities
Friday, August 31, 2018 marked the end of an era at La Salle College High School as Jim Marsteller retired after ten years as Director of Facilities. Not every product purchased by the school proves to be reliable and the 86-acre campus, six buildings, two pools, seven playing fields, over 150 employees, and countless affinity groups have facilities needs—often at the same time. Amidst all of the flurry of activity and occasional calamity, not to mention, years of expansion and renovations, there was one consistent and calming constant—Jim Marsteller.
Jim Marsteller arrived on the campus of La Salle College High School in July of 2008, at a point where facilities were expanding and in need of some management. He had previously worked at Cedar Crest College and their loss immediately became La Salle's gain. He began developing structures, practices, systems, and relationships with vendors and skilled tradespeople that kept La Salle running like a clock without fail—even when that clock ran three minutes slow.
No one man could do all of this alone, even someone like Jim who was often willing to work seven days a week. Over the past ten years, Jim successfully built a team into a coherent and collaborative unit that worked together selflessly to meet the needs of the La Salle family. There was never anything that was too much trouble if it made La Salle run reliably and, at the President's Reception in December of 2015, Brother James Butler, FSC presented Jim Marsteller and his staff with the President's Medal for all of their tireless efforts.
Jim looks forward to spending more time with his wife, Jill, and their children and grandchildren. The La Salle community wishes Jim well and, even though he will be missed, hopes that he finds as much joy in his retirement as he did in his work at La Salle.