17 Sep Crain Construction President Joins The University of Tennessee Construction Science Advocacy Board
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Sept. 14, 2015 — Michael Rankin, president of Crain Construction Inc., has joined The University of Tennessee Construction Science Advocacy Board for a five-year term.
The Advocacy Board supports and helps establish the curriculum for the UTK Construction Science Program which prepares students for construction-related careers by offering a strong background in science, math, fundamental concepts, technology and techniques, as well as a minor in business administration.
“By 2018, the construction industry will be 2 million workers short at the national level,” Rankin said. “During the recession, many students shifted from construction to marketing and finance. We’re starting to see that swing back, but we need to ensure we have qualified and skilled construction graduates to fill the void.”
Rankin graduated from UTK with a degree in finance and joined his father in the construction business in 1991. He is active in Associated Builders & Contractors, served on its national board for six years and was chairman of its Tennessee chapter.
Founded in 1933, Crain Construction has been a leader in providing pre-construction, design/build, sustainable construction, construction management and general contracting services throughout the Southeast. The Nashville, Tenn.-based company serves clients in the commercial, mixed use, hospitality, industrial, warehouse, institutional, retail and telecommunications industries.