Vice Chancellor, Edwards Campus, University of Kansas
David J. Cook, Ph.D. is a member of the University of Kansas leadership team, serving as the vice chancellor for the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park, Kan. Cook assumed his role in April 2013. Dr. Cook is also a professor with tenure serving in faculty positions in the communication studies and the health policy and management programs. Under Dr. Cook’s leadership, the Edwards Campus will continue its 21-year history to bring the high-quality academic programs, research and public service of the University of Kansas to Greater Kansas City. With a focus on building strong partnerships with community colleges, K-12, government and industry leaders, the campus has launched eight new degree programs, and new graduate certificates in business and international studies since Dr. Cook’s short time as vice chancellor. A graduate of the University of Kansas, Dr. Cook holds a master’s degree and doctorate in organizational communication. He completed a Bachelor of Arts from Iowa State University.
Associate Vice President & Director, Facilities Management, University of Iowa
Donald Guckert serves as the associate vice president for facilities for the University of Iowa. He has twenty years of experience in higher education facilities management and an additional ten years of construction industry experience. Don serves as dean of Planning, Design & Construction for APPA's Institute for Facilities Management and sits on the CSI Editorial Advisory Board for the Construction Specifier. He has authored articles for the Facilities Manager, Construction Specifier, and APPA's Facilities Management: A Manual for Plant Administration; and is the editor of two APPA publications: From Concept to Commissioning: Planning, Design & Construction of Campus Facilities and Stewardship and Accountability in Campus Facilities Planning, Design and Construction. Don is a licensed professional engineer and holds a master's degree in engineering management and bachelor's degrees in engineering and liberal arts & sciences.
Director, Campus Planning and Sustainability, Metropolitan Community College Area
Stan is a facilities director with an emphasis on project planning and execution, working on projects from $5k to $100M. Proven leadership in organizational planning and change and I know from experience this is tough, long-term work at any organization. He is responsible for $1M+ utility budgets, building systems automation and integration, and energy savings projects covering single systems to entire buildings. I definitely don't like the status quo and haven't seen any system that can't be improved.
Rebecca H. Koller
Director, Facilities Planning & Management, University of Nebraska Central Administration System Office
Rebecca is Assistant VP and Director of Facilities for the University of Nebraska. She has 40 years’ experience, 33 years in higher education. Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Architecture - University of Cincinnati and a MBA from the University of Kentucky. Rebecca oversees projects in The University of Nebraska system which consists of 4 campuses, 45K acres, 27M GSF in over 870 buildings with a $5B replacement cost. Her role as Director of the Office of Facilities Planning & Management has eight primary system-wide responsibilities: Coordination of long-range studies, master plans and physical facility plans; Development of policies and procedures relating to capital facilities; Preparation of the University's biennial capital construction budget request; Review and reporting of Board of Regents approved projects; Coordination of the Project Review Board; Administration of the University's qualification based selection policies and design and construction contracts; Development and implementation of facilities initiatives; and, Facilities contact with the Legislature, Governor's office and Coordinating Commission.
Director of Planning, Affiliated Engineers, Inc.
Ms. Kuh assists higher education and healthcare entities plan their long-term energy and utilities infrastructure, energy demand management, water conservation, comprehensive sustainability, and the infrastructure and sustainability aspects of comprehensive facility plans. She participates in concept development of Affiliated Engineers’ building designs, helping to identify means of addressing owners’ interests in energy efficiency, water efficiency, and resilience.
Senior Vice President, Finance and Operations, University of Iowa
Rod Lehnertz is Director of Planning, Design & Construction at the University of Iowa, where responsibilities include campus master planning, capital project management, and campus space management, and campus outreach. He has been at the University of Iowa for 17 years. Rod’s 50 member department currently manages more than $150M in project work each year. Rod has also played a central role in working with FEMA to plan and deliver more than $700M in recovery projects related to the University’s historic 2008 flood.
James E. Modig
University Architect, University of Kansas
James Modig is the University Architect at the University of Kansas, Facilities Planning and Development and a licensed architect in the State of Kansas. He coordinates the planning, design, and construction management of all campus projects, consisting of over 1,000 acres and over 11-million square feet of facilities — including the new Earth, Energy and Environment Center. The University has experienced over 3.8-million square feet of growth in the last 27 years and over $1.6 billion in major construction projects.
Principal, The Sextant Group, Inc.
An architect by training and a technology consultant for over 35 years, Craig is an award-winning and nationally-recognized technology thought-leader. Craig has consulted on over 500 projects, coordinating with over 200 architects and interior designers internationally, providing vision, program development, and project leadership. A senior vice president for a renowned national architectural firm says, “Craig is the person I turn to when I have any question or concerns about technology and its impact on our projects and our clients. He brings a historic perspective, current understanding, and perhaps most importantly, thought leadership on where the industry may be heading.” A prolific speaker on technology in the built environment, Craig is the author of two books, The Architecture of Image and The Architecture of Value.
Associate Principal, Architecture, BNIM Architects
James Pfeiffer is a Principal in BNIM's Kansas City office. He is an award-winning designer and creative collaborator whose core strengths are centered around design, culture, and people. Adept at many roles in all phases of design, he is a rare designer who moves seamlessly through all phases, grasping the rigor and innovation of strong concept development to the precision required in construction documentation and administration. James has developed numerous projects that have set new standards in human purposed design. He is also a natural mentor, having served as an adjunct professor and co-teacher for a comprehensive design studio at Kansas State University and frequent guest design critic for the University of Kansas, Kansas State University, the Kansas City Art Institute, and the Kansas City Design Center.
Robert A. Simmons
Associate Vice Chancellor, Administration, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Robert A. Simmons, AIA, MPA serves as Associate Vice Chancellor – Administration and campus architect at the University of Missouri – Kansas City and oversees design, construction, maintenance and operations for about 4.4 million gross square feet of facilities on the 150 acres of campus. He came to UMKC in 2005 after ten years as the University Architect for the University of Missouri System, where he oversaw the architect’s selection and design process for major projects on all four UM System campuses. Prior to joining the UM System, Bob was an Associate with BNIM Architects. Bob is a registered architect in the State of Missouri with a degree in architecture from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Missouri – Kansas City.
Principal, The Sextant Group, Inc.
Nancy Sturm is a nationally recognized thought leader in the application of educational technology. As an award-winning educator and education technologist, she brings more than 20 years of experience in program development, program management and administration, virtual learning and simulation environments, and faculty development. With a lifelong calling to motivate students, coach teachers, and create transformative academic environments, Sturm's programs and techniques enable teacher to use classroom technology effectively as a catalyst for maximizing achievement. Whether with the Challenger Learning Center or as education technology advisor to the Governor of West Virginia, her visionary leadership has resulted in the creation of synergistic environments and development of innovative pedagogies. Throughout her career she has delivered presentations at numerous conferences, and in 2004 she was invited to present to President Bush at the White House regarding technology integration in classrooms across the country.
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Sustainability, Washington University in St Louis
Phil works with senior administrators, faculty, staff, and students to incorporate and implement sustainable practices into the university’s strategic planning, operations, and resource management. The university is home to 21 LEED buildings, including two major LEED Platinum buildings. Phil led the development of 550 kilowatts of solar PV on university-owned property and spearheaded the creation of an updated Strategic Plan for Sustainable Operations Phil collaborates on regional and state sustainability efforts, including: the 2012 Sustainable Land Lab competition hosted in partnership with the City of St. Louis and the 2016 Sustainable Energy Conference. Phil is a member of the steering committee for the State of Missouri’s comprehensive energy plan.