College selects new campus planning VP

by Sara McGahan | 2/18/14 7:36pm

Lisa Hogarty, a former vice president of campus services at Harvard University, will join the College next month as vice president for campus planning and facilities. At Dartmouth, Hogarty will oversee the College capital program, facilities planning, labor relations, operations and management of the Hanover Inn, according to a College press release.

Hogarty comes to Dartmouth from Bridgewater Associates, an investment management company based in Westport, Conn. She said she is excited to take a comprehensive look at the College’s residential halls, outdoor spaces and buildings.

“I look forward to working with the team in campus planning and facilities to make sure we are providing outstanding service to students, faculty and the Hanover community generally,” she said.

Hogarty left Harvard for Bridgewater in mid-November, as the company was considering building new headquarters in Stamford, Conn. She began speaking with Richard Mills, the College’sexecutive vice president and chief financial officer, as Bridgewater’s plans slowed down, she said.

Hogarty worked with Mills when they were both employed at Harvard and collaborated with him on the maintenance of Harvard’s 200- to 300-year-old buildings and the creation of Harvard’s Global Support Services, which administers resources to Harvard students and faculty studying or traveling around the world, Hogarty said.

Mills was unavailable for comment by press time.

After attending Colby-Sawyer College in New London and buying a house in North Sutton, Hogarty said she has wanted to return to the Upper Valley for some time.

“It just seemed like all the stars aligned,” Hogarty said.

Hogarty will replace interim vice president for campus planning and facilities Bill Anderson.

The College’s office of residential life will start three housing initiatives in the fall: a global village community, an arts and innovation community and a design-your-own community program.

These residential options will facilitate learning outside of the classroom among students with shared interests.

The initiative comes after a decade of campus construction at the College. Fahey Hall and McLane Hall, which house over 200 students, opened in 2006, and two buildings in the McLaughlin residence hall were completed in 2006 as well. The Class of 1953 Commons, a renovation of Thayer Dining Hall, opened its doors in fall 2011, and renovations of the Collis Center for Student Involvement will be completed this year.

A three-stage renovation of the Hanover Inn saw the creation of the Minary Conference Center and the new restaurant Pine, finishing in 2013.

The College also expanded north and south — the Black Family Visual Arts Center and the Maffei Arts Plaza opened in 2012, and the Life Sciences Center opened in 2011.

The proposed North Campus Academic Center was slated for a 2015 completion date, but is currently under evaluation. Though the building was intended to house healthcare delivery projects like the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and the Dartmouth Center for Health Care and Delivery Science, these have been moved to the planned Williamson Translational Research Building in Lebanon.

At Harvard, Hogarty’s responsibilities included managing the university’s real estate, dining services, facilities, transportation, global support services, environmental safety and sustainability. Recently, Hogarty spearheaded the university’s Common Spaces initiative, which aims to create a more welcoming campus through the development of communal gathering areas. Projects in the initiative included introducing lawn chairs to Harvard Yard in the fall and spring and setting aside a patio for pop-up performances.

Hogarty’s experience directing this program will aid her in her job at Dartmouth, particularly in the expansion of living-learning communities at the College.

Before Harvard, Hogarty served as chief operating office of the Columbia University Medical Center.

Nationwide, those who hold similar positions at colleges and universities guide strategic planning and design for their respective academic institutions.

Rob Lalanne, vice chancellor for real estate at the University of California at Berkeley, said that administrators in campus planning and facilities should focus on generating revenue and ensuring cost-saving efficiency.