Helbling & Associates was retained by a private research institution in the Mid-Atlantic with campuses covering more than 1,600 acres to secure an Associate Vice President for Facilities Services & Campus Planning. Our client was looking for an individual who could smoothly transition into the position, drive the university’s initiatives (such as sustainability and energy conservation strategies) and act as a strategic partner with leadership.
Partnering with the three major stakeholders in the process, Helbling secured a professional with nearly 30 years of diverse facilities management and engineering experience. The successful candidate quickly took charge, leading some of the university's most highly prioritized initiatives (including developing a ten-year capital construction improvement plan and introducing a facilities cost and financing model).
The institution is impressed by the new hire’s ideas, and despite the fact that our client’s leadership has largely been in flux since the individual’s arrival, he has continuously received support for his proposals because of their effectiveness.
Our client is a private research institution in the Mid-Atlantic that covers more than 1,600 acres. The institution engaged us to conduct a search for an Associate Vice President for Facilities Services & Campus Planning due to the impending retirement of their existing AVP, who had been with the institution for 30 years. This search occurred at an exciting time, as the institution was finalizing a new 10-year master plan to be executed in order to ensure continued growth and advancement on campus. The client was seeking an AVP who would have the capabilities and dedication to continue the university’s rich heritage of being one of the most selective, highly-ranked institutions with a set of physical assets that effectively support the academic, residential and co-curricular programmatic needs.
Reporting directly to the Vice President for Finance & Administration, the AVP has responsibility for the ever-changing physical needs of more than four million square feet of space for academic, research and co-curricular initiatives. Responsibilities include planning, renovation, capital construction, utilities and engineering, grounds, building maintenance, facility services, community interaction/communication, and all financial aspects of the department.
The individual’s primary duties would include:
Our client selected a professional with over 27 years of experience in all aspects of facilities management, engineering and services, making him uniquely qualified for the role. His previous positions include Chief Facilities Officer for a major university where he supervised a staff of 900, with 10 direct reports. Additionally, he has overseen large master plans, capital construction projects, and facilities operations with both in-house talent and contract employees. He has experience in various organizational levels and has led development of eight strategic plans in previous positions. The candidate is also a retired commanding officer in the United States Navy with the strong leadership and team building skills our client sought.
Since his hire, the candidate has been very well received by the University’s leadership, bringing a new energy to the department and driving a number of critical initiatives:
Partnering with the three major stakeholders in the process, Helbling secured a professional with nearly 30 years of diverse facilities management and engineering experience. The successful candidate quickly took charge, leading some of the university's most highly prioritized initiatives, including developing a ten-year capital construction improvement plan and introducing a facilities cost and financing model.Wes Miller, Managing Director - Southeast