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Linda Snyder appointed Chief Facilities Officer at Dartmouth

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 05/27/09 • Media Contact: Susan Knapp (603) 646-3661

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John Gratiot announces his retirement

Linda Snyder
Linda Snyder

Linda Snyder has been appointed Chief Facilities Officer at Dartmouth effective August 3, 2009, announced Adam Keller, Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration.

Snyder comes to Dartmouth from Harvard, where she has served as Associate Executive Dean of Physical Resources and Planning of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences since May 2005.

She will report to Keller, and will work closely with the Office of the Provost on master planning as well as the initiation and prioritization of all major projects.

With Snyder’s appointment, Dartmouth is reorganizing its facilities operations, as recommended originally by McKinsey and Company, which conducted a review in 2007. Snyder will supervise both the Department of Facilities Operations and Management, and the Office of Planning, Design and Construction (OPDC).

“We are very excited to have a leader of Linda’s caliber join the Dartmouth community,” said Keller, “to steer our efforts to continue to enhance the campus, in line with our strategic vision, and to manage the day-to-day operations of our facilities. The integration of these two offices under a single person allows us to pursue some operating efficiencies that we have discussed for some time.”

“Each time I visit Dartmouth, I am impressed with this beautiful, well-maintained campus,” says Snyder. “I’m happy to be joining the Dartmouth community, hoping to integrate campus planning, building investment and facility operations to serve and benefit students, faculty and staff.”

John P. Gratiot has announced he will retire from his position as Associate Vice President of Facilities Operations and Management (FO&M) at the end of August. “This change in leadership, combined with bringing together the highly-talented people in FO&M with our colleagues in OPDC, should lead to a much stronger organization,” said Gratiot. “I look forward to welcoming Linda to Dartmouth, sharing my knowledge and experiences with her, and introducing her to the hugely talented group of employees in FO&M who I consider friends. It has been the greatest honor of my life to have been able to spend over 26 years working at this wonderful institution, Dartmouth College. I truly appreciate all of the support provided by my many great friends and colleagues over the years.”

“John Gratiot has been a very valuable member of the Dartmouth community. He has progressed through a series of positions at FO&M into his leadership role. The breadth and depth of his experience has helped John to play a major role as an advocate for energy conservation and sustainability at Dartmouth. John has been critical to preserving and enhancing the campus that we all appreciate today.” said Keller.

At Harvard, Snyder leads the department responsible for the management of operations and maintenance of academic research, teaching, administrative, cultural, student housing, and student-life facilities. She oversees the planning, design, and construction of new buildings, including the Northwest Laboratories, the Laboratory for Integrated Science and Engineering, and the New College Theater and many renovation projects. She has been responsible for the strategic planning for Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences building portfolio, which includes initiatives that support sustainability and contribute to greenhouse gas reduction goals.

From 1997-2005, Snyder was the Executive Director of the Massachusetts State College Building Authority, an independent authority of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts responsible for providing financing, design and construction of housing, dining, athletic and other facilities at nine state colleges. She served as the Chelsea (Mass.) Schools Program Director (1993-1997), where she directed the construction of school buildings for children in grades 1-12, from site acquisition through permitting and construction to furniture and equipment procurement to school opening. She has worked as project manager for not-for-profit, corporate, state and municipal building projects.

Snyder received a Bachelor of Science degree in landscape architecture and environmental planning from Utah State University (1981); during her senior year she completed a one-year course of study in urban design and land use planning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She was a John L. Loeb Fellow in 1996-1997 at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Snyder is married to Steven Kadish, the newly-appointed Senior Vice President and Strategic Advisor to President-elect Dr. Jim Yong Kim at Dartmouth. Dartmouth’s new president takes office July 1, 2009.

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