Field for facilities position narrowed to four finalists

June 13, 2017
Photo: Discovery Building during construction

The Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery on the UW–Madison campus under construction in 2009. The associate vice chancellor for facilities planning and management provides leadership and strategic vision over campus master planning, capital budgeting, facilities project design and construction, environmental health and safety, transportation services, space management, and other activities. Photo: Jeff Miller

A search committee of faculty, staff, students and community members has recommended four finalists for the position of associate vice chancellor for facilities planning and management at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Members of the UW–Madison community and general public will have opportunities later this month to meet and talk with the finalists. Each of the candidates will give a presentation and answer questions in an open forum.

The candidates and dates, times and locations of the forums are:

Margaret Tennessen
UW-Madison interim associate vice chancellor for facilities planning and management
10:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 21
VandeBerg Auditorium, Pyle Center

John Morris
Associate vice president for facility services, Northern Arizona University
10 a.m., Wednesday, June 28
VandeBerg Auditorium, Pyle Center

Cory Higgins
Executive director of facility and construction operations, University of Utah
10 a.m., Thursday, June 29
VandeBerg Auditorium, Pyle Center

David Darling
Director of Facilities Management and Operations Center, Sandia National Laboratories
10 a.m., Friday, June 30
VandeBerg Auditorium, Pyle Center

View the candidates’ resumes here.

While visiting UW–Madison, the four finalists also will meet with Division of Facilities Planning and Management staff, university leaders and campus governance groups.

The new associate vice chancellor will succeed Bill Elvey, who left UW–Madison in October to become senior vice president of Children’s Health System of Texas. Margaret Tennessen has been serving as interim associate vice chancellor since Elvey’s departure.

The associate vice chancellor for facilities planning and management provides leadership and strategic vision over the full spectrum of UW–Madison’s facilities management functions, including campus master planning, capital budgeting, facilities project design and construction, environmental health and safety, transportation services, space management and other activities.

A search committee chaired by Mark Markel, dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine, recommended the finalists to Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Laurent Heller. Heller will make the final hiring decision.·

“I am grateful to the members of the search committee for the hard work and thoroughness they brought to the task of selecting finalists for this important leadership position,” Heller says. “They have presented a strong group for me to consider.”

In addition to Markel, members of the search and screen committee included Jason King, Division of Intercollegiate Athletics; Chris Bruhn, College of Letters & Science; Brent Lloyd, Facilities Planning and Management; Alex Roe, UW System Office of Capital Planning and Budget; Heather Stouder, City of Madison; Kari Sasso, UW–Madison Police Department; Bob McMahon, Department of Chemistry; Jesse Winters, School of Education; Isabelle Girard, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education; Todd Yanke, Facilities Planning and Management; and Omer Arain, Associated Students of Madison.