Grounds Team

The Willamette University Grounds Team consists of one manager, eight groundskeepers and a never ending supply of student workers. The grounds team is responsible for everything connected to the landscaping and hardscape on the campus. In addition, the grounds team oversees all off campus sites.

For more about our efforts towards sustainability and natural landscaping please visit our sustainability page.


Phone: (503) 370- 6143
114+ years of experience.


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    Jim Andersen

    Grounds Manager
  • Image of Walt Bier

    Walt Bier

    Groundskeeper II Stadium Specialist
  • Image of Mickey Cochrane

    Mickey Cochrane

    Groundskeeper II
  • Image of Alfonso Guzman

    Alfonso Guzman

    Groundskeeper II
  • Image of Efrain Kebekol

    Efrain Kebekol

    Groundskeeper I
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    Dan McConnell

    Groundskeeper II
    Dan was born and raised in Oregon. He is a graduate of Oregon State University with a degree in fisheries. He joined the Peace Corp, went to Palau and married a beautiful young island girl. Dan and his wife, Beverly have two great kids and a granddaughter that they adore. After having worked in aquaculture, Dan began his career in landscaping culminating into what he says is a "lofty position at this prestigious institution".
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    Ron Morton

    Groundskeeper Mechanic
  • Image of Ed Priepke

    Ed Priepke

    Groundskeeper I
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    Dean Wentworth

    Botanial Garden & Greenhouse Curator
    Dean has been with Willamette University since October, 1999. He graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Horticulture, with an emphasis in soils and plant pathology. Dean has worked on habitat restoration for Lake Oswego & Astoria Country Clubs. In his leisure time during the winter months, Dean likes to construct and design either stained glass windows or tiffany lamps. During the summer months he enjoys the challenge of capturing up-close wildlife interactions on film while exploring Oregon's scenic wild areas.