The University of Arizona — Vice President Facilities, Operations and Campus Planning

The University of Arizona (UArizona) seeks a dynamic and collaborative Vice President Facilities, Operations and Campus Planning. This prominent role provides opportunities for a savvy and well-rounded leader to pursue a strong and sustainable vision for UArizona’s world-class campuses, aligned with the needs and desires of the university’s vibrant and diverse community.

The VP oversees all aspects of campus operations for UArizona’s main, 392-acre Tucson campus and 30-acre Phoenix Biomedical Campus. 

The VP also serves as a leader on campus and in UArizona’s broader communities for developing and implementing policy to steward the campuses forward in smart and sustainable directions centered on UArizona’s strategic priorities. Importantly, the VP oversees high-functioning auxiliary business operations including the university’s bookstores, student unions, and parking and transportation services. 

The ideal candidate for the VP position is self-motivated, diligent, humble and leads with kindness. It is important for the VP to embody a cooperative spirit in pursuit of meeting the challenges of a growing institution in an ever-changing world. They will serve as a model of UArizona’s promise to develop innovative and adaptive learners, valuing collective positive impact over individual wins. UArizona takes pride and seeks to invest in the rich diversity of its faculty, staff and student body. Therefore, the VP must deeply value the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion and commit to meaningful DEI outcomes in their work, including how resources are allocated, how access is imagined and defined, and the ways in which they mentor and communicate with staff and stakeholders. 

As the leader in charge of care, maintenance and development at the main Tucson campus and the growing Phoenix Biomedical Campus, the VP must have proven business, finance and real estate expertise, including in the higher education field. They must be able to show and communicate a sterling record of achieving complex outcomes in partnership with private, public and government stakeholders. They must also be a visionary manager who is invested in UArizona’s strategic priorities and its Campus Master Plan, and is able to distill their vision into attainable goals and outcomes in collaboration with multiple teams. Home of the Wildcats, the University of Arizona is ranked among the NCAA Division I schools with the most national championships and is steeped in a proud athletics tradition. The VP will ensure that athletic facilities at UArizona are state-of-the-art and create an environment for student-athletes to thrive. Additional information about the position, including a Leadership Profile can be found at www.wittkieffer.com.

The University of Arizona is a premier public research university. The University of Arizona respectfully acknowledges that the campus is on unceded land of Indigenous peoples. Today, Arizona is home to 22 federally-recognized tribes, with Tucson being home to the O’odham and the Pascua Yaqui. Committed to diversity and inclusion, the University strives to build sustainable relationships with Arizona’s Native Nations and tribal communities through education offerings, partnerships, and community service. Rooted in rich history and tradition, the university is vibrant, growing and on the cutting edge of education, discovery and impact. 

As the state’s land-grant university, UArizona honors its threefold commitment to education, research and community service. The university takes pride in preparing its almost 47,000 students, including approximately 7,000 students living on the main Tucson campus, for success in life beyond graduation. Its 392-acre main campus in the heart of Tucson, situated in the Sonoran Desert and surrounded by five mountain ranges, is recognized worldwide for its stunning design and has several LEED-certified buildings. The Phoenix Biomedical Campus (“PBC”), owned by the city of Phoenix, has more than 1.7 million square feet of biomedical-related research, academic, and clinical facilities, with a goal of growing to 6 million square feet when fully developed. It is the only site where you will find all three of Arizona’s public universities in one location working collaboratively to conduct research. The PBC has been recognized as one of the top five emerging life science clusters in the nation, and is helping to set a new standard for collaboration between innovators and institutions of excellence. 

UArizona is a proud member of the Association of American Universities and stands at the forefront of innovation with a constant drive to advance the frontiers of interdisciplinary scholarship and entrepreneurial partnerships. Additional information can be found on the UArizona website: www.arizona.edu.  

WittKieffer is assisting University of Arizona in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received as soon as possible.

Application materials should be submitted to WittKieffer’s candidate portal.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:
Kim Brettschneider and Ben Haden
ArizonaVP@wittkieffer.com

The University of Arizona values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.

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