Richard L. McDermott, a facilities management and planning expert who played a major role in reshaping the campus of a major Midwestern university, will join The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston as vice president for facilities, planning and engineering, effective July 1.
McDermott arrives at the threshold of the most intensive period of construction in the history of the UT Health Science Center - with the new $57 million School of Nursing and Student Community Center almost complete and four other buildings in various stages of design and planning.
Since 1997, McDermott has been assistant vice chancellor, facilities management and planning at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, where he coordinated $300 million in campus projects completed, under way or planned.
"At UNL, we point with pride to the fact that we've maintained our projects on time and in budget," McDermott said.
Before his promotion to assistant vice chancellor at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln , McDermott had been director of facilities management since 1988, leading six operating divisions serving 10.4 million square feet in 228 buildings. From 1980 to 1988, he was with the University of Northern Colorado, serving as assistant vice president for administrative services after earlier roles as manager of planning and construction and director of energy management.