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October 12, 2017

 

Dear Colleagues,

After a decade of dedicated service, Larry Marbert will be stepping down as vice president for Real Estate and Facilities on December 31, 2017, to pursue other opportunities.

With oversight of more than 11.3 million square feet of University-owned real estate on three campuses and multiple satellite facilities, Larry has helped manage one of the most dynamic periods of growth on the Coral Gables campus, including more than 1 million gross square feet of new buildings and improvements. Such notable facilities as the Shalala Student Center, The Lennar Foundation Medical Center, the Newman Alumni Center, and the Schwartz Center for Athletic Excellence, among many others, have helped to transform the living, learning, and working experience of our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and patients.

He presided over the creation of the Office of Emergency Management, with emphasis on preparing for “all hazards” to ensure that the University can continue to fulfill its mission when faced with a major emergency or disaster.

However, Larry is most proud of the strength and depth of the very talented team of professionals in the Division of Real Estate and Facilities. His own commitment to service excellence is evident in his frequent rides on the Hurry ’Canes shuttles and walks across campus to ensure we are putting our best foot forward.

Prior to joining UM, Larry spent 30 years in the newspaper business, including serving as senior vice president of operations for The Philadelphia Newspapers and vice president of technology and vice president for production and facilities at Knight Ridder, Inc.

Please join me in thanking Larry for his service and great love and affinity for the University, its people, and its mission.

Sincerely,

Jacqueline A. Travisano, Ed.D
Executive Vice President for Business and Finance
and Chief Operating Officer