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Fish Named Vice President for Real Estate and Campus Services

November 18, 2011
CONTACT: Dennis O’Shea

Alan R. Fish, associate vice chancellor for facilities planning and management at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been appointed to a new senior position overseeing real estate, facilities, transportation and other services at The Johns Hopkins University.

Fish will join the university on Jan. 3 as vice president for real estate and campus services.

Alan R. Fish

Alan R. Fish

The new position maximizes the university’s ability to take a strategic, coordinated, cost-effective approach to planning, developing and managing on- and off-campus facilities and to related services, said Daniel G. Ennis, senior vice president for finance and administration.

“We have found exactly the right person for the job,” Ennis said. “Alan Fish brings critical experience and a singular record of accomplishment to this new role.

“Alan is a consensus builder, a highly effective manager and a judicious steward of university resources. He understands the important contributions the university’s facilities programs can make to the economy of our city and state. He will be an extraordinarily valuable citizen of this university and this community.”

Fish has been at Wisconsin-Madison since 1989 and has served as associate vice chancellor for nearly nine years. He is in charge of planning, capital budgeting, construction and maintenance for a 900-acre campus with more than 330 buildings. He is responsible for nearly 1,200 employees and an operating budget of nearly $80 million. He oversaw the process that built a new campus master plan; during his tenure, Wisconsin has completed, is building or has started design for 57 projects worth more than $2.3 billion.

Fish said he was pleased to be joining a university which has consistently grown and evolved to meet new challenges and that has the ability through real estate and facilities programs to make a critical contribution to the local economy. His priorities, he said, will include providing first-rate customer service to the schools and other Johns Hopkins units and ensuring that real estate and facilities decisions make the maximum possible contribution to achievement of the university’s strategic goals.

“In a time of austerity and increasing financial pressure on students and their families, we need to be smarter than ever about how we manage our campuses,” he said.

Prior to serving as associate vice chancellor, Fish was associate athletic director and administrative officer for intercollegiate athletics at Wisconsin-Madison, responsible at various times over 13 years for capital projects, budget, personnel, facilities and competition management, and operations of the football and rowing programs.

He has also worked in various budget and policy positions in Wisconsin state government, including as the governor’s legislative liaison and as deputy director of the Governor’s Office of Recovery and Reinvestment.

Fish is a 1973 honors graduate of Luther College and earned a Master of Science degree in urban and regional planning from Wisconsin in 2001.


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