Margaret M. Carney
University Architect, Cornell University
Margaret Carney joined Temple in 2011 to serve as Temple's first University Architect, responsible for planning and design of all Temple campuses. She has been leading the physical planning and design aspects of Temple's $1.2 billion improvement plan for its main campus. Ms. Carney will will describe how the landscape plan is moving forward and how the university is considering the role of metrics in assessing future landscape performance.
Keith M. Hayes
Director, Office of Space Management, Virginia Commonwealth University
Keith M. Hayes serves as the University Space Manager of Virginia Commonwealth University. Charged with the space database governance of over 8 million square feet of academic, administrative, and research space on the Monroe Park and Medical College of Virginia Campuses, Keith collaborates with directly with the Associate Vice President of Facilities and Vice President of Administration in strategic efforts to drive VCU's mission to advance knowledge and student success through a number of committments to the Commonwealth. In addition, his other responsiblities include oversight of the University's official facilities documents of record for all structures and the Global Information System (GIS).
As the former School of Medicine's Senior Director for Strategic Design and Project Management. Keith was instrumental in the planning, design, construction, and oversight process of the school’s academic, clinical, and research footprint, exceeding 900,000 gross square feet. With the ongoing challenges of reduced state funding coupled with shrinking federal grant opportunities, Keith used this opportunity to recalibrate research bench space metrics through design and renovation projects. A graduate of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University College of Architecture, Keith brought his talents from the private sector as lead designer on K-12, hospitality, health care, and commercial projects to enhance the VCU experience.
Associate Vice Provost, Finance and Administration, Villanova University
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Lisa M. Keith
Principal, Ayers Saint Gross
Lisa Keith's professional background includes several years as a computer programmer and over 25 years as an educational planning consultant. Keith applies her expertise working directly with college and university leaders throughout the US and internationally. She has expert knowledge of space metrics, which allows her to conduct space needs assessments as a component of master planning and pre-design program planning. Keith has interviewed many campus leaders, affording her insight on the different types of institutional missions, research activities, facilities utilization, new trends in learning and teaching, and the impact of technology on instructional spaces. She has expertise in data visualizations that help communicate various space topics.
Vice President for Facilities Management, Villanova University
Vice President for Finance & Treasurer, The Catholic University of America
Robert M. Specter is principal consultant at Specter & Associates, which provides financial and administrative management services to the higher education sector. Specter has served as vice president for administration & finance at University of Maryland, where he initiated planning for improvements to the College Park neighborhoods surrounding the university, as vice president for finance at the University of Delaware, and as chief business officer of 1743 Holdings LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of that university that owns and is redeveloping a 272 acre former Chrysler automobile assembly plant site into a new science and technology campus. He co-founded First State Marine Wind LLC, which built and operates a 2.0 milliwatt wind turbine as part of the University of Delaware’s research and development in alternative energy technologies. Earlier in his career, Specter served in vice presidential roles at Oregon State University, Montana State University, and at the City University of New York. He was a charter member of the US Green Building Council's Cascadia region, is active in Financial Executives International, and has served in leadership roles in a variety of professional councils and civic organizations. Specter earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Rochester, an MS at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, and an MBA at Arizona State University.