New Vice President for Operations Named
Linda Snyder, the vice president for campus planning and facilities at Dartmouth College, will join Tufts on Oct. 9 as vice president for operations. She will succeed Richard Reynolds, A67, who has served as vice president since January 2010.
“The vice president for operations is a key position in Tufts’ organization, responsible for overseeing facilities, construction, public and environmental safety, dining, space management and planning and real estate, while interfacing with students, faculty, the general public, staff and administrators,” said Executive Vice President Patricia Campbell in a July 9 email to the Tufts community. “Given the critical importance of this position, I’m excited that we have found a person of Linda’s caliber and experience to join our staff.”
At Dartmouth, Snyder has overseen the completion of $265 million in major capital projects while maintaining a strong commitment to sustainability across all aspects of campus life and operations. Before that, she was the associate executive dean of physical resources and planning for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University.
Snyder has a bachelor’s degree from Utah State University and also studied at MIT and Harvard University, where she was a Loeb Fellow in the Graduate School of Design, studying urban design and land use planning. She has more than 25 years of experience in project planning, design, asset management, operations and construction, maintenance, procurement and general management. She has worked for the Massachusetts State College Building Authority, the City of Chelsea, the Boston Children’s Museum and the city of Anchorage, Alaska.
During his time at Tufts, Reynolds has focused on expanding deferred maintenance, creating a capacity for facilities planning and enhancing customer service, Campbell said. A capstone of his tenure, the construction of the Steve Tisch Sports and Fitness Center on the Medford/Somerville campus, will open this fall.
“Dick has been a highly valued member of our community, illustrating the best qualities of senior leadership: integrity, commitment, imagination, professionalism and humor,” says Campbell. “While he is leaving Operations, Dick has agreed to continue his association with Tufts, working across the three campuses on strategic initiatives in association with my office.”