University of Rochester has retained Helbling to conduct an executive search to secure a Senior Associate Vice President for Facilities and Services.
The Senior Associate Vice President of University Facilities and Services reports to the Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance and Chief Financial Officer and serves as the principal administrative officer responsible for the operation and maintenance of facilities for all properties at the University, as well as central utilities, transportation, parking management, planning, and project management. Major initiatives include a new bed-tower/ED expansion, a new ambulatory orthopedics building, and expansions to research labs that total in excess of $900M. Also planned is a new Performing Arts Theater on the River Campus. Infrastructure improvements are also planned including the campus moving to a hot-water heat distribution system and the implementation of a new CMMS system are underway.
Founded in 1850, the University of Rochester (U of R) is a distinguished private research university that is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU). The University’s Mission is to “Learn, Discover, Heal, Create—and Make the World Ever Better:” a mission reflected in its Latin motto, Meliora (“ever better”), also an acronym for its recently adopted values: Meliora, Equity, Leadership, Integrity, Openness, Respect, and Accountability.
The University of Rochester is one of the country’s top-tier research universities. In December of 2018, the University announced that Sarah Mangelsdorf, the former provost at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an experienced academic leader and professor of psychology, would become the University’s next chief executive. Sarah started her term as the eleventh President of the University of Rochester on July 1st, 2019.
Located in the City of Rochester on the southern shore of majestic Lake Ontario and northwest of the picturesque Finger Lakes in New York State, the University of Rochester enrolls more than 11,800 full‐time and part‐time undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The University’s academic programs are delivered through seven academic units: Arts, Sciences & Engineering (comprising the School of Arts & Sciences and the Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences); the Eastman School of Music; the School of Medicine and Dentistry; the School of Nursing; the Eastman Institute for Oral Health; the Simon Business School; and the Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development. Academic programs are offered within four locations: the River Campus, which houses Arts, Sciences & Engineering, the Simon Business School, and the Warner School of Education; the Medical Center, which is next to the River Campus and houses the School of Medicine and Dentistry, the Eastman Institute for Oral Health, and the School of Nursing; downtown Rochester, home to the Eastman School of Music; and on the South Campus, the Laboratory for Laser Energetics. The University also operates the Memorial Art Gallery, one of the few university-affiliated art museums in the country that also serves as the local community’s civic art museum.
With a metropolitan area of 1.1M residents, the city and the Rochester area offer the amenities and cultural milieu of a major urban area within a more accessible and welcoming environment. Rochester has been named as among the most livable cities in the U.S., with outstanding schools and housing, and a diverse cultural life, making it known as the “gem” of upstate New York.
Rochester is also known as a golf community with approximately 100 courses, including world-renowned Oak Hill. Numerous parks, trails, lakes and scenic areas beckon residents and visitors to explore the region’s beauty. Outdoor winter sports are quite prevalent; 30 minutes south of Rochester is the highest vertical ski mountain between the Adirondacks and Colorado. In addition, scores of high-quality restaurants—many chef-owned—are flourishing in the area. A seemingly unending number of festivals, performances, and cultural events are offered throughout the year in Rochester. The recently renovated airport, approximately 10 minutes from campus, makes air travel pleasant and convenient.
Rochester is also home to a thriving and growing Deaf community to the point that it is the largest per‐capita Deaf community in the United States. The University of Rochester has been part of this growth in recent years with the Rochester Postdoctoral Partnership, the National Center for Deaf Health Research, the Bridges to the Doctorate program, and the Global Deaf Health group, among others on its campus.
The University’s engagement with the Rochester community spans cultural opportunities provided by the Eastman School of Music and the Memorial Art Gallery to direct participation in critical public institutions, such as the successful partnership with East High School, which may serve as a model for revitalizing urban public education.