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A 45 Year Journey at MU Comes to an End

Lenny Aurand has seen it all, from jelly beans and Ronald Reagan to swans and housekeeping.

Much like the experience of prospective students touring campus for the first time, the pond captured the attention of Lenny Aurand when he first came to Millersville University (MU) in August 1972.

“It was one of the first things I noticed,” he remembers. “It just seems to be the signature area of campus and it’s part of the original campus.”

Unlike those students, Aurand was not looking to receive an education at Millersville, and his time at the University lasted a little longer than the traditional four years.

After nearly 45 years working at MU, Aurand will retire on May 15, 2017. Aurand began working at the University after graduating from Bloomsburg University with a degrees in secondary education and history. The college graduate got his foot in the door as a janitor. A couple years later he became a lead worker and then a night custodial supervisor. By 1978, Aurand was promoted to the assistant manager of housekeeping, before assuming his current role as director of that department in 1989.

Although he never worked in the classroom, Aurand’s education has come in handy throughout his career. “There’s a certain amount of teaching and mentoring in my position, particularly with new employees and with supervisors who work for me,” he explains.

As Director of Housekeeping, Aurand oversees the cleaning operation on campus, administers the indoor pest control contract and oversees the setting up for most indoor University events. For two years he acted as the co-director of Facilities until the position could be permanently filled, and he also managed the grounds crew for six years. He has recently relinquished management of the grounds crew due to his impending retirement.

One of Aurand’s most memorable experiences as director was heading the set up for Ronald Reagan’s visit to Pucillo Gymnasium during his reelection campaign in October 1984. The housekeeping director remembers three days of secret service safety precautions, briefly meeting the then-President after he landed on Pucillo Field and the official White House gift bags.

“He was big on jelly beans, so we got a souvenir bag with jelly beans and other things from the President’s office with little seals on them and everything,” Aurand recounts.

Despite the many events and experiences a 45-year career brings, Aurand will miss the people the most. “I will miss the professional and personal relationships that I’ve forged over the years,” Aurand says. “I’ve seen a lot of people come and go, and I’m sure there’s a few people I’ll remain in contact with. I’ve had a pretty good working relationship with most of the people on campus.”

Upon his retirement in May, Aurand plans to continue living in Pequea Township, where he and his wife have resided since he was hired at MU in 1972. His main focus is to spend as much time with family as possible, including his son’s family in Virginia and daughter’s family in Illinois.

“Right now my main thrust will be seeing my grandkids and my kids,” says Aurand. “We don’t get to see them that often. Now we can go any time we feel like it.”

Aurand also plans to add more races to his collection of Indy 500 and Daytona 500 attendances, and spend more time on the pistol range. “I’ve seen a lot of the things I want to see. I’ve done a lot of the things I want to do. I just want to do more of them now,” he says.

Aurand’s three grandchildren also happen to be big fans of the Millersville pond. When they come to visit, Aurand and his wife bring them to the pond to feed the ducks and squirrels. So even as this dedicated employee sets work aside and brings family to the forefront, Aurand may pay some visits back to MU as his new retirement schedule allows.

20 replies on “A 45 Year Journey at MU Comes to an End”

I can’t believe you finally did it. All the best to you. I will never forget our Starbucks breakfasts.
You were an everyday friendly face. A lot of good times to remember. The students all came to look forward to your 8am coffee break. I know your looking forward to making memories with the grandkids. Have a great retirement.


For the past 19 years, you have taken care of numerous crisises for me, have always handled issues with simple solutions and professionalism, and have always been a pleasure to talk to.

I wish you much joy in retirement, and hope to see you in The University Grille soon!!! Come hang out and have lunch with your many friends on campus!!

So happy for you! Your leadership and friendship, (for the past 33 years), has been both beneficial and rewarding to me. I especially appreciated your humor and musical talents. Your the best! ENJOY!!!

Dear Lenny,
Congratulations! It was a real pleasure working with you these last two plus years!
We will miss you and your attention to detail, adaptability and willingness to get the job done!
Best Wishes to you and your family!
Global Ed

Congratulations, Lenny! THANK YOU for your assistance, in many ways, through the years….you will be truly missed! Take care and enjoy time with your family! I look forward to your campus visits!

It has been a pleasure working with you over the past 5 years. You have helped me out in so many ways. I really appreciate your advice. I also respect your management skills and innate ability to complete tasks intuitively. It is going to be hard to replace that historic knowledge. I wish you and your family the very best. Have fun. Enjoy. Take Care.

Lenny, it has been great working with you. You always came through for us even in our last-minute changes. Enjoy your free time and your family!

I wish you the best of luck and happiness in your retirement. I’ll miss you, but I know we will still get together for lunch so you can keep us updated with all the travels & grandchildren stories!!
Thanks for making the last 14 years very memorable!!

Best of luck Lenny. It’s been great working with you. Enjoy your grandchildren and keep in touch.
Come back for breakfast any time.

Lenny, I have learned a lot from you in our conversion. I have also enjoyed the past 15 years working with you. I wish you the very best. Congratulations. You will be missed.

Congrats Lenny! We’ll miss your smiling face visiting the Payroll office and your conversations! I know you’re looking forward to spending time with your grandkids. Cheers!

Lenny, you are a true class act and will be greatly missed at the ‘Ville! Congratulations and best wishes as you begin this new chapter in your life! -Jenn Hart

Wishing you all the best Lenny in the next chapter of your life. I enjoyed working with you over the past 25 years or so. MU will miss you.

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