Chancellor's Message: VCAS Finalists

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,

I am pleased to announce the finalists for the position of Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services. The four finalists listed below will be at UIC for a campus visit and a public forum:

Carol Walker
Assistant Vice President, Business Affairs
Director, Planning and Construction
University of Florida

Campus Visit: July 29
Campus Forum: 2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., University Hall, 601 S. Morgan Street, Room 401 UH

As Assistant Vice President for Business Affairs, Ms. Walker has been responsible for the Division of Facilities, Planning and Construction which includes management of the University of Florida's Statewide Capital Construction Program, Campus Master Plan, Facility Information Services, LEED and Green Building Program and Minor Construction Program for the Academic Health Center, University Athletic Association (UAA), Direct Support Organizations (DSO), campus auxiliaries and property management of St. Augustine's State-owned historic properties. Under her leadership, over 3.7 million square feet of academic, research, athletics, student support, office, museum and housing facilities have been built, with over 30 LEED certified buildings including two LEED Platinum. She has been an active leader in the state university system, having served as chairman of the Southern University System Facilities Planners committee and on various Board of Governor strategic planning committees.

Ms. Walker has spent over 30 years of her career in academic institutions, both private and public. At the University of Chicago, she worked in the Development Office and the Medical Center. At the University of Florida, her career began at Shands Hospital as a Senior Planner and an Administrator for Hospital Operations. As an Assistant Vice President for Health Affairs, her major focus was space and facilities management for the Colleges of Dentistry, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Veterinary Medicine.

Ms. Walker received a B.S. in Management from Nova University and an M.H.A. from the University of Minnesota.

Angela Manning–Hardimon
Managing Deputy Commissioner and Chief Administrative Officer
City of Chicago, Department of Aviation

Campus Visit: July 30
Campus Forum: 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m., Richard J. Daley Library, 801 S. Morgan Street, Daley Conference Room (LIB 1-470)

Angela Manning-Hardimon serves as the Managing Deputy Commissioner and Chief Administrative Officer for O'Hare and Midway International Airports. In this position, Ms. Hardimon provides leadership and management oversight for Strategy and Performance Management, Customer Service, Marketing, Media, Information Technology, Human Resources and Labor Relations. She has been with the airports for over 9 years. During this time, Ms. Hardimon has also served as the Managing Deputy Commissioner and Chief Financial Officer. In this position, she was responsible for providing leadership and management oversight for Commercial Development, Real Estate, Planning, Warehouse Operations, Finance, Capital Finance and Contracts Administration.

Prior to coming to O'Hare and Midway Airports, Ms. Hardimon served as Deputy Commissioner of Finance and Administration for the City of Chicago Department of Buildings and the Department of Construction and Permits.

Before joining the City of Chicago, Ms. Hardimon served as a Senior Business Consultant with Parson Consulting Group where she worked with Fortune 500 companies to develop merger and acquisition strategies, migrate to web-based businesses, integrate new information technology into their organizations and revamp businesses through process re-engineering. Ms. Hardimon began her career in the capital markets and spent 7 years with the Northern Trust Company in Global and Wealth Management Banking where she managed portfolios in excess of $1 billion dollars.

Ms. Hardimon has a B.S. in Finance and Management from Chicago State University, an MBA from University of Illinois at Chicago in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship, a Master's degree in Project Management from Keller Graduate School of Management and a Certification in Project Management with the Project Management Institute (PMI). She has over 15 years experience in strategy, fiscal and project management.

Greg Scott
Director of Facility Support Services, Office of Physical Plant
Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

Campus Visit: August 12
Campus Forum: 3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m., Richard J. Daley Library, 801 S. Morgan Street, Daley Conference Room (LIB 1-470)

Mr. Scott is responsible for providing full spectrum facility leadership and asset management to Penn State's Commonwealth Campus system. He is accountable for over 7 million gross square feet across 20 geographically dispersed campuses locations including the Dickinson School of Law, the Hershey Medical Center, and the Energy Efficient Buildings HUB at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

Mr. Scott is responsible for developing and executing the capital plan and all capital projects, master planning for each location, overseeing major maintenance and campus beautification programs, implementing energy reduction and sustainability initiatives and strategies, and emergency management. In this role, he works closely with executive leadership, faculty, staff, community leaders, state and local officials, and regulatory agencies. Additionally, he has been a key member of the Strategic Planning team for the past 9 years. Finally, as a member of the University's Diversity Mentor Program, he is proud to be strong advocate for diversity and inclusion in the workplace as well as with the contractor community.

Before joining Penn State in 2001, Mr. Scott was the Director of Project Management at Rutgers University from 1997 - 2001. Prior to that, he served in the U.S. Navy's Civil Engineer Corps from 1991-1997, during which time he was the assistant resident officer in charge of construction in Twenty-nine Palms, California, and assistant public works officer in Indian Head, Maryland.

Mr. Scott is a registered Professional Engineer and holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Business Administration from National University.

Michael Landek
Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Director of Campus Auxiliary Services
University of Illinois at Chicago

Campus Visit: August 14
Campus Forum: 9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., Richard J. Daley Library, 801 S. Morgan Street, Daley Conference Room (LIB 1-470)

Michael Landek is currently the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Director of Campus Auxiliary Services at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Mr. Landek is responsible for the daily operations of the units that support student and campus life including: Campus Housing; Student Centers; Meetings, Conferences and Campus Dining; UIC Pavilion; UIC Forum; Children's Centers; The Campus ID and UPASS Center; Campus Retail Operations; Campus Recreation and Campus Programs. 350 full-time employees and 500 student employees support these operations in 25 buildings covering 2.7 million square feet, with a combined operating budget of $75 million dollars.

Mr. Landek's portfolio of responsibilities also includes the management of the $350 million dollar public/private South Campus Development. In addition, he formulated and implemented the Mixed Use Development that includes the UIC Forum and James Stukel Towers Residence Halls. He has focused on identifying opportunities for change and innovation found in projects and services like the campus photocopier rental program and managed print program, the UIC Campus wide OASIS project and the creation of the Department of Meetings, Conferences and Dining Services.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Landek served in various positions at UIC including: Interim Vice Chancellor for External Affairs, Director of Parking Services, Interim Director of Telecommunications and Associate Director of Campus Retail Operations. In his time at UIC he has focused on conceptualizing new services, programs and facilities to support and enhance campus life for students, faculty and staff. Prior to UIC, he was the Director of Retail Operations at DePaul University.

Mr. Landek earned a B.A. in Criminal and Human Justice from Governors State University, a M.Ed. in Educational Administration and a Ph.D. in Policy Studies in Urban Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

I would like to extend my gratitude on behalf of the campus to the search committee, chaired by Terri Weaver, Dean of the College of Nursing, for their diligent work in providing UIC with an outstanding list of candidates for the Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services.

I invite students, faculty, and staff to attend all four campus forums, which will consist of a short presentation by the candidate and a question and answer session. RSVP to the forums by emailing Kathy Lesinski, the search coordinator. Please also email Kathy directly if you wish to review the candidates' full CVs. The confidential online evaluation for the candidates can be found online.

I look forward to your input.

Paula Allen-Meares
Chancellor, University of Illinois at Chicago
Vice President, University of Illinois
John Corbally Presidential Professor