UD administrative changes announced


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5 p.m., Aug. 16, 2010----In an ongoing effort to provide efficient and effective administrative and business support for the University of Delaware's academic, research and other units within the University, several organizational changes were announced by Executive Vice President Scott Douglass.

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Additional support is paramount for the successful operation and coordination of real estate and other activities that are integral to the redevelopment of the former Newark Assembly Plant site purchased by UD in November 2009. Rob Specter, current UD vice president for finance, has been named chief business officer of 1743 Holdings, LLC and will be responsible for business planning, financial operations and business operations of the new science and technology campus site. Also, for the initial work underway at the site (see related story), Specter will oversee the fiscal aspects of salvage and risk management as the plant is decommissioned and razed. Jennifer (J.J.) Davis, UD vice president for administration, will become vice president for finance and administration, and will add University financial operations to her current portfolio. Davis will continue to lead all decommissioning and demolition efforts on the former Newark Assembly Plant site.

“The importance of this property for the University cannot be overstated. This will be a hub for strategic scientific and advanced research partnerships in areas such as alternative energy technologies, environmental issues, the health sciences and translational medicine,” according to Douglass.

David Singleton, who joined UD in March, has been named vice president for facilities and auxiliary services. Two leadership positions in facilities have been filled by the following individuals; Peter Krawchyk, director of facilities planning and construction and Andrew Lubin, director of real estate.

“The need to build, enhance and maintain high-quality space for classes and research is critical, and with the number of facilities-related projects currently underway on our campuses we are taking significant steps to bolster our leadership in this support area,” said Douglass.

Singleton will also be leading the redevelopment of the former Newark Assembly Plant site as a new science and technology campus, working with the 1743 Holdings team, Lubin and Krawchyk .

In addition to his responsibilities for all aspects of the University's physical plant and facilities, in his new capacity Singleton will also have responsibility for several supporting services that are facility and campus-based. Margot Carroll, associate vice president for auxiliary services will report to Singleton, creating synergy with the main auxiliary units of UD including the Bob Carpenter Center, Dining Services, Conference Services and Parking and Transportation.

The reorganization plan was approved by the Executive Committee of the UD Board of Trustees.

In addition, Chris Hudson was appointed as senior administrator, business operations, in the Office of the Executive Vice President and in this capacity will manage the capital budget planning process and special projects for the EVP.