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New Leader for Facilities

Written by Mike Thee
November 22, 2010

Robert Schwartz is the new associate vice president for Facilities Services, Vice President of Finance and Business Affairs Ron Smith announced on Nov. 15. Schwartz comes to SU from M.A. Mortenson where he managed a number of high-profile projects in the city, including our Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons.

“During my time working on the (library and learning commons) I came to appreciate three important things about Seattle University that I find very attractive,” Schwartz wrote. “I really liked the people I worked with here, there is a passion for sustainability that goes beyond just the built environment and there is a greater purpose to all that you do as embodied in your mission to educate the whole person.”

Schwartz, who begins Dec. 1, succeeds Michael Kerns who took a job with the U.S. State Department this past summer.

“I look forward to the opportunity to be part of the exciting future we are building together at Seattle University,” Schwartz said.

Following is Smith’s full announcement.

Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce that Robert Schwartz has accepted the position of Associate Vice President for Facilities Services effective December 1, 2010. Rob comes to Seattle University from M.A. Mortenson, where he currently serves as a Senior Design Phase Manager. 

Rob joins the university with more than 25 years of facilities and project management experience. Our very own Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons, the University of Washington’s Data Center and the development for a $65 million wireless telecommunications network in Western Washington are among the many projects he has managed. Additionally, Rob brings a strong dedication to green practices that will be critical to the university as we continue to develop and operate in a sustainable way.

On top of the skills, experience and professional commitment he brings to the position, Rob also brings a sincere commitment to Seattle University’s mission. His relational approach to problem solving, attention to the professional development of students and staff, and passion for the education of students through his work in the ACE mentoring program demonstrate a belief in our university’s values both on and off the professional field.

Rob graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in civil engineering and has a Master of Science, Structural Engineering and Mechanics of Materials degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

I would like to thank my colleagues who participated in the selection process. Their efforts in making this key appointment are deeply appreciated. I also would like to thank the Facilities staff for continuing to provide excellent service during this transition period. The good work they have done will help make Rob’s transition into Seattle University an easier one.  

Please join me in welcoming Rob to Seattle University.

Sincerely,

Ron Smith
Vice President of Finance and Business Affairs