District has new boss for facilities

Nailah Edmondson

Experienced project manager David Umstot took over the facilities management vice chancellor position in the San Diego City College District this summer.
As vice chancellor just a few of his duties are managing Propositions S and N management of maintenance, custodial and grounds keeping operations at the City, Mesa and Miramar college campuses.
Proposition S and N will be transforming each campus and doubling the size in the next 7 years.
Before taking over as the college district’s vice chancellor of facilities management, he was the executive director of facilities for the San Diego Unified School District.
His responsibilities included managing San Diego Unified’s $1.51 billion Proposition MM reconstruction program. He also managed the school district’s real estate.
Bechtel National Inc. brought Umstot to San Diego in 1993 when he worked as a project manager. He was managing a $260 million program for the Navy.
“I really liked San Diego and decided to stay,” he said.
He received a Bachelors’ from the University of Pacific in Stockton and a Master’s from the Colorado school of mines in Golden, Colorado. Both degrees were received in Engineering.
It doesn’t stop there Umstot is also a registered Professional Engineer in Civil Engineering for California and certified nationally as an Energy Manager by the Association of Energy Engineers.
Crossing the Dark choppy waters of the Atlantic Ocean in December of 2005 on a 52-foot boat is one of Umstot’s personal accomplishments. Setting sail for a 17-day excursion was the scene of his four-man crew team that traveled 2,800 nautical miles from Gran Canaria to Antigua.
Outside of work, Umstot enjoys backpacking, kayaking and canoeing, which he said are key components in scouting, an activity he’s taken part in since a boy. He is currently an Assistant Scoutmaster with the Point Loma Troop 24.
Backpacking the depths of the Grand Canyon and kayaking across the Colorado River are a few activities Umstot has participated in as a scout.
Home addresses were ever so changing as a child in a military family. “I was fortunate to experience many different cultures and languages from an early age,” Umstot said.