Wayne State University - Associate Vice President – Facilities Planning & Management

MI, Detroit
Mid-Level Executive Search - Other Administrative Positions

Witt/Kieffer has been retained by Wayne State University, in Detroit, Michigan, to lead the national search efforts for an Associate Vice President of Facilities, Planning and Management. As one of the nation’s 50 largest public universities, and with Michigan’s most diverse student body, Wayne State serves a critical role within the education landscape of the Detroit community and state. Wayne State is a premier public urban research university, with over 27,000 students through 350 academic programs across 13 schools and colleges.

Reporting to the Vice President of Finance & Business Operations and the Chief Financial Officer, the Associate Vice President will lead organizational change through high performing facilities operations. This includes leading Design and Construction services, Facilities Operations and Maintenance, Business Services, Utilities and Energy Management, Office of Sustainability, Parking and Transportation, Planning and Space Management, and Real Estate and Asset Management. The Associate Vice President will also be primary steward of the institution’s physical environment, comprised of over 11.5 million square feet of space in 120 buildings on approximately 210 acres.

The Associate Vice President will have the responsibility for the facilities and campus master plan. The Associate Vice President will need to be well versed in public/private partnerships, negotiating deals for real estate and major construction projects. The successful candidate will have experience leading facilities and high performing teams in large, highly complex and progressive environments.

Detroit is the largest city in the Midwestern state of Michigan. The Detroit metropolitan region represents six counties – 237 cities, villages, and townships, while its metropolitan area has a population of 4.2 million. With more than $1.5 billion in private and public investments in the last several years, Detroit is transforming and Wayne State is a catalyst in its revitalization. The University is a participant in the Live Midtown program, which has brought more than 1,600 new residents to Detroit since 2011. Companies and individuals continue to move into the thriving downtown area.

Nominations, expressions of interest, and applications may be submitted confidentially to Witt/Kieffer consultants Melinda Morton or Ben Haden at WSU-AVPFacilities@wkadvisors.com.

Ben Haden 

Melinda Morton