February 19, 2002
Jeffrey Swenson Named Staff Services Manager at Brookhaven Lab
UPTON, NY - Jeffrey Swenson has been named manager of the Staff Services Division at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, effective January 1. He succeeds H. Ronald Manning, who has retired.
With an annual budget of about $7 million and a staff of 54, the Staff Services Division provides the Laboratory’s 3,000 employees and approximately 4,000 visitors each year with housing, travel and transportation, interoffice mail delivery, cafeteria and catering services, and conference services, as needed. In addition, Staff Services manages the Laboratory’s automotive fleet of 335 vehicles, and two fueling facilities for these cars, including a newly opened compressed natural-gas fueling facility. Currently, 26 cars in the Laboratory’s fleet use compressed natural gas for fuel, and that number is expected to grow. Also, Staff Services manages the contract for the privately owned gas station on site, which is used by employees and guests.
As of March 1, Staff Services will take on the management of the recreational facilities on the Laboratory’s 5,300-acre site, including a gymnasium, recreation building, pool, and tennis courts. In addition, Swenson’s division will manage over 40 Brookhaven Employee Recreation Association clubs, which range from an antique auto club to an exercise and weightlifting club. Brookhaven’s Human Resources Division currently manages these functions.
“This is an exciting time for Staff Services,” Swenson said. “We work closely with the Laboratory community to constantly reassess our services and change them to suit our customers’ needs.”
With 422 housing units on site, the Laboratory provides temporary housing for many visitors and some new employees. Also, if they need help in finding a new home, the Laboratory’s off-site housing coordinator will assist them.
Travel services include arranging all flights, other transportation, and accommodations for Laboratory-related business travelers. The Division also provides an on-call shuttle for transport around the site, as well as complimentary transportation for guests, twice daily, to and from the Ronkonkoma Long Island Railroad Station.
In addition to providing interoffice mail delivery to all employees twice daily, Staff Services also manages the contract with the U.S. Postal Service on site. Brookhaven Lab has its own post office named Upton.
After earning a B.A. in sociology and anthropology from Lycoming College, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, in 1976, Swenson worked as a hotel manager for Inn America Corporation at several locations, including the Sheraton Smithtown on Long Island. He joined Brookhaven Lab as the housing supervisor in Staff Services in 1992. In 2000, Swenson became general supervisor in Staff Services, a position he held until he took on his current role.
NOTE TO LOCAL EDITORS: Jeffrey Swenson is a resident of Mount Sinai, NY.