In 45 years at the University of Utah, Glen Cameron has overseen some of the U's biggest
facilities projects and most critical IT infrastructure — from Marriott Library, where he guided a massive expansion, to the Downtown Data Center, which he's managed for the past five years. In all that time, his colleagues say,
Glen hasn't changed much: He's always been kind, level-headed, thorough, and genuine.
Ahead of his June 30 retirement, we asked Glen's colleagues to share their favorite
memories of, stories about, and well wishes for Glen. Thank you again to everyone
who submitted a tribute — all of them will be shared with Glen.
A lightly edited selection of submissions is below.
There are many who contribute to our university community; however, there are few
people who reach the level of contribution Glen Cameron has reached.
Glen started at the university 45 years ago in Marriott Library. He rapidly grew in
responsibility and respect within the library environment — to the point where Joe
Taylor and Corey Pedersen reached out and asked him to apply to then "Administrative
Computing Services" open data center and operations manager position. The rest, as
they say, is history.
Glen's affable nature and commitment to the university gained him the trust of everyone
he worked with in ACS. As CIO Steve Hess looked toward a more mature IT environment
for campus and a consolidated data center was envisioned, Glen's reputation made him
a natural for helping the Downtown Data Center (DDC) effort move forward.
The DDC has been recognized in national publications for its excellence in operations,
technology, and approaches. Glen has been instrumental in making the DDC the highly
respected and effective facility that it is.
It will be hard to go to the DDC in coming months and not see Glen. His presence and
expertise will be greatly missed. On the other hand, Glen has told me of some amazing
plans that he and his wife, Melanie, have as they move into this new phase of their
life. We definitely wish Glen and Melanie the very best in their new adventures!
— Mike Ekstrom, Communications Infrastructure
I've had the pleasure of knowing Glen ever since he moved over to ACS many years ago.
In all that time, I've found him to be a fair-minded, level-headed, and, most importantly,
I'm better for having had his acquaintance.
I extend my best wishes to him now and in the future.
— Corky Richardson, Hardware Platform Services
One of my specific memories of Glen comes from a library committee that was producing
a video — probably from the library expansion project of the 1990s. At that time,
making a video was a big deal, and we wanted a polished presentation. Glen did the
narration in his deep, traditional radio announcer’s voice. I remember thinking that
the sound was assured and reassuring, just the tone that helped him shepherd library
colleagues and the university community through the travails of coping with the original
building and the challenges of the expansion.
— Barbara Cox, Marriott Library (retired)
I have learned so much from Glen over the past 15 years that I have known him.
His ability to see people impartially and fairly has been great to witness.
Glen has more compassion and integrity than any human I have ever encountered.
Countless times he has shined light on people and situations that I couldn't see until
he patiently showed me a different way.
He has helped shape my perspective on life positively and I am excited for every day
Thank you, Glen, for all you have done for us, and I wish you love, peace and adventure
in all your travels to come.
— Chris Pederson, Downtown Data Center
Ijust wanted to extend my congratulations to you on your retirement. It was always
a pleasure to interact with you at the data center. May your days be full of happiness
— Sam Liston, Center for High Performance Computing
Glen was the facilities manager for the J. Willard Marriott Library when I started
working at there in 1982. Glen was always wonderful to work with. He was supportive,
efficient, effective, very kind, and extremely patient. In addition, he had a good
sense of humor, which often eased tense situations. He moved to another area of the
University of Utah sometime around 1998 or 1999, and I immediately felt the loss of
a genuine companion and coworker. While at Marriott Library, he exemplified the ideal
employee whose calm manner and supportive actions made working with him not only pleasant
but uplifting. He is a great person!
— Walter Robert Jones, Marriott Library, Special Collections Department
Glen has been a fantastic manager and a friend.
He was always ready and willing to serve you and help you achieve greatness and go
above and beyond for his team.
He will be missed greatly, and I wish him success and continued happiness in the years
— Andrew Buckley, Downtown Data Center
1998 Presidential Staff Award
"Glen Cameron, facilities manager at Marriott Library, was nominated in part for his
personal integrity, committment to library users and loyalty to the U. As facilities
coordinator, he has served as a liaison for the architects, design and construction
workers, state officials, and library staff during the building's ongoing remodeling
project, and has done it with kindess, a sense of perspective, and humor."
What can be said of our Glen Cameron?
He is one of the friendliest and most genuine people whom I have ever met. Always
with a smile at the ready, he demonstrates that he is truly interested in you and
When work or pressure rises and reaches a fever pitch, Glen has always been one to
exercise calm and discipline. He will carefully get to the root of the problem and
then lay out a clear plan to succeed.
Glen is a mentor to those who work under him. He is ever ready to teach and encourage.
He will praise those who deserve it, and he will take aside and work with those who
need help. But at the heart, he treats people as individuals with value.
I am grateful and lucky to know Glen Cameron and to have worked with him. I am a better
person because of him, and I thank him for his being who he is.
— Robert E. Lake, University Support Services
Online retirement event for Glen Cameron
All UIT employees are cordially invited to an online farewell celebration via Zoom
on Friday, June 26, 2020 from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. for Glen Cameron, who retires
on June 30 after serving the University of Utah for 45 years, most recently as the
manager of the Downtown Data Center.
Please contact Angelica Chacon at firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom meeting ID and password.