Vice President of Housing Karen Frank to retire in August

Georgetown’s Vice President of Housing and Facilities, Karen Frank, is set to retire at the end of August. President John J. DeGioia announced that the search for her successor will commence shortly, in an email to members of the Georgetown community this afternoon.

Frank has held the position for over two decades and participated in several important initiatives to improve housing and construction projects throughout campus. “From the building for our School of Foreign Service in Doha, Qatar, to the ongoing work to complete the Calcagnini Contemplative Center in Bluemont, Virginia, Karen has ensured the ongoing safety, integrity, value and sustainability of Georgetown’s facilities,” DeGioia wrote in the email. “She has made a lasting imprint on Georgetown University both on the Hilltop and beyond.”

For now, Frank will be replaced by Interim Vice President for Facilities and Student Housing Frank Tiscone, who formerly held positions in the Department of Defense and with the Architect of the Capitol. She will also continue to serve as a senior advisor to Chief Operating Officer Chris Augostini during the search process for a new Housing vice president.

According to DeGioia, Frank has been instrumental in adding at least ten new buildings to Georgetown’s campus, “totaling more than 1.5 million square feet of new space.

Full email after the jump!

To the Members of the Georgetown University Community

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen:

It is with deep appreciation and gratitude that I write to inform you that Karen Frank will retire from the position of Vice President for Facilities and Student Housing at the end of August.

For more than two decades Karen has been responsible for Student Housing and Campus Activity Facilities and for the operation and maintenance of the physical resources and environments of the University.  She has overseen the planning, design, construction and renovation of University facilities, as well as grounds-keeping, waste management, energy management and transportation services. From the construction of the Leavey Center to Regents Hall, which is now being completed, she has led or been involved in every construction project for the University since she joined our community in 1987.  Over the past ten years alone, Karen has been instrumental in the largest capital expansion in our history by adding ten new buildings, totaling more than 1.5 million square feet of new space.  She also played a leading role in developing Georgetown’s sustainability initiatives that have increased recycling and reduced the carbon footprint across the University.

From the building for our School of Foreign Service in Doha, Qatar, to the ongoing work to complete the Calcagnini Contemplative Center in Bluemont, Virginia, Karen has ensured the ongoing safety, integrity, value and sustainability of Georgetown’s facilities.  She has made a lasting imprint on Georgetown University both on the Hilltop and beyond.

Most importantly, throughout her tenure, Karen has displayed a tireless commitment to our students, faculty and staff, leading Georgetown through major projects, weather emergencies and other unexpected events, always with a wonderful spirit of caring.

Beginning in September and during this period of transition, Karen will serve as a Senior Advisor to Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Chris Augostini.

The University will immediately launch a national search for Karen’s successor.  Until the search is complete, I am pleased that Frank Tiscione will serve as Interim Vice President for Facilities and Student Housing.  Frank comes to Georgetown with over 33 years of Facilities Management experience, including 20 years with the Department of Defense and 13 years with the Architect of the Capitol in senior executive positions.

I look forward to celebrating Karen’s achievements in the weeks ahead.  Please join me in thanking and congratulating Karen on her many accomplishments.

Sincerely,

John J. DeGioia

3 Comments on “Vice President of Housing Karen Frank to retire in August

  1. Did a heavenly chorus erupt at the news? Frank is the worst, and both housing and Georgetown will be better off without her. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

  2. In all seriousness, this will be the most impactful departure (positively) for student life since Bill McCoy.

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