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Through Their Eyes – A Client’s Perspective: Higher Education

June 8, 2017 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am

The SMPS Dallas chapter presents: 

Through Their Eyes – A Client’s Perspective: Higher Education

Navigating Through the Uncertain Landscape

Early Registration – through June 2nd: $45 for members; $65 for non-members

After June 2nd: $55 for members; $75 for non-members

Faced with change on many fronts, Texas Colleges and Universities are working in a challenging, often uncertain climate. The impact of declining state support for higher education, and the need to sustain 21st century learning excellence and address the influx in student population has generated a new level of concern.

The coming years will not be business as usual. Higher Education will be looking for creative new collaborators and partnerships, as well as more innovation, to help illuminate fresh opportunities and advance mutual goals.

Join us on June 8th as key industry leaders discuss the challenges as well as the opportunities facing the Higher Education market in the coming years. Learn best practices in assisting our Higher Education institutions navigate through uncertain times, and how to position your teams to best support and help the industry overcome challenges and achieve success.



Thomas Lund, AIA  
Regional Program Manager, University of Texas System

Thomas manages a staff of Project Managers, Resident Construction Managers and Construction Inspectors overseeing the design and construction of all capital projects on the University of Texas at Dallas campus. The job includes managing the Selection Committees to hire both A/E Services and CMAR, CSP or Design Build contractors. He also manages full design phase services, GMP negotiations or CSP Bid processes, and as a State Owned Property oversees and inspects all projects as the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ).

Don Lynch
Executive Director of System Facilities Administration, University of North Texas System

Don Lynch oversees the development of Owner Architect/Contractor agreements to correlate with new project contract delivery methods and is point-of-contact named in contractual agreement for notices, consents, approvals, demands, requests and other communications. He also provides general administration operations of staff regarding personnel issues and manages the development and administration of the department’s budgets, operations, and special projects. 

Dr. Eugene Giovannini
Chancellor, Tarrant County College District

Dr. Eugene Giovannini joined the Tarrant County College District as Chancellor in 2016. Chancellor Giovannini brings to the post 33 years of professional experience at community colleges, including his most recent tenure as the founding President of Maricopa Corporate College in Scottsdale, Arizona, and 11 years as President of GateWay Community College in Phoenix, Arizona. He currently serves as the Board Chair for the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship and has previously served on the board of the American Association of Community Colleges. His extensive experience with workforce development and industrial and economic development programs and services enabled him to lead the creation of the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation (CEI).

Russ Wallace
Executive Director, Office of Facilities Planning & Construction, The Texas A&M University System

Russ Wallace serves as the Executive Director for The Texas A&M University System Office of Facilities Planning & Construction. He is responsible for all aspects of planning, budgeting, design and construction of the A&M System’s $2.6 billion facilities planning and construction program of over 60 projects encompassing 11 universities and seven agencies throughout Texas. Mr. Wallace has served over 35 years in the architectural and construction management industry, and is one of the most experienced public higher education facilities management executives in the state of Texas. He has consistently sought to leverage his expertise in public facilities management practices with innovative business practices to develop organizations that are recognized in the industry as client-focused, technically competent, and results- oriented.

Alex Thomas, AIA
Director of Planning and Design Services, Texas Woman’s University 

Alex serves as the Director of Planning & Design Services at Texas Woman’s University. Alex joined the university eight years ago and is responsible for the coordination and oversight of planning and design to the campus built environment. He provides management and oversight of long term planning for sustenance and capital renewal programs, develops and assures adherence to architectural aesthetic controls for all university facilities, coordinates university standards for interiors with executive management personnel, updates of the campus master plan, space planning and all associated reporting requirements. All duties and responsibilities are relevant to the Denton, Dallas and Houston campuses.

Clint Menefee, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Higher Education Studio Leader for SmithGroupJJR  

For over 15 years, Clint has led the programming, planning and design processes for innovative learning and student life environments on university campuses across the country. Recent projects include the new Nursing and Health Sciences Building at Texas A&M University-Commerce, Recreation and Wellness Center at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, and the Wellness Center at the University of Colorado-Denver, all of which are currently under construction. Clint is passionate about design and believes the built environment can and should facilitate activity and human health.

Breakfast & Registration from 7:30 AM to 8:00 AM.

Event starts at 8:00 AM.

Parking: valet parking at no charge to you, except gratuity to the attendant at your discretion. 


June 8, 2017
7:30 am - 9:30 am
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The Rotisserie Room at Hotel Crescent Court
400 Crescent Court, Dallas, TX 75201
Dallas, TX 75201 US
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