By Chris Kieffer
OXFORD – Isaac Astill will leave his job as the University of Mississippi’s parking and transportation director to take a job in his home state of Utah, according a Thursday afternoon press release from the university.
Astill was Ole Miss’s first parking and transportation director. He will step down on Nov. 15 to become director of facilities for Tooele County in Utah. Ole Miss has opened a nationwide search to fill his position.
During his year in that position, Astill increased the use of public transit systems and helped create a plan for a new parking garage set to break ground in November, according to the UM press release.
Astill’s move comes during a time when fans have been frustrated with new university policies that restrict campus parking on football game days. University leaders, however, praised his work and said the new job will be a promotion.
“Isaac made great strides moving us to a pedestrian campus, and he did a tremendous job incorporating the transportation system and the OUT buses into the daily fabric of campus life,” said Clay Jones, assistant vice chancellor and director of human resources and contractual services for UM said in the press release. “This will have to continue as we move forward toward the master plan, which calls for the center of campus to be car-free and pedestrian friendly. We hate to see him go but understand that he’s been offered a significant career opportunity and a way to return to the part of the country he’s most familiar with.”
Said Astill: “The administration has been incredibly supportive – I can’t say that enough. I’ll always be a fan of Ole Miss.”