There From The Beginning
Paul Molfino started the in-plant at UC-Santa Cruz soon after the university opened in 1965. As the school has grown, so has his operation.
by Bob Neubauer
Poised on a hillside overlooking the Monterey Bay, some 90 miles south of San Francisco, the University of California-Santa Cruz has come a long way since it opened in 1965. The land that once held a cattle ranch and a quarry now teems with over 12,000 students.
Witnessing much of that growth has been Paul Molfino, the employee with the longest career of service at UC-Santa Cruz. When he was hired 37 years ago to start the school's printing and mailing operation, reminders of the land's ranching days were still strong.
"My first office for printing was in the paymaster's office of the original cow ranch," Molfino says.
But the in-plant is no cow-town operation any longer. Molfino has worked tirelessly to build that fledgling in-plant into something he could be proud of when he retires, which he hints may not be far away. Now called IPMTS (Imaging, Printing, Mail, Temporary Services), his operation boasts more than 45 employees and a $7.5 million budget, $2.5 million of which covers printing. He not only oversees printing, mailing and the university's copier program, he is in charge of services like hiring temporary employees and fingerprinting.
Early Love Of Printing
Molfino's love of printing stretches back to high school, when his teacher in a vocational print shop, Carl Hansen, impressed him with his love of the craft. Molfino took that interest with him into the army, where he was trained as a press operator. As a sergeant—and press foreman—he printed classified materials in printing plants in Germany.
Shortly before the U.S. got involved in Vietnam, Molfino left the army and returned to Santa Cruz to look for work.