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MARIA CIMILLUCA

Vice President, Infrastructure and Sustainability 

Ms. Cimilluca joined I&S as its inaugural vice president in January of 2022. Previously she held the position of Vice President Facilities Management at Northeastern University in Boston. She has an extensive background in facilities management including positions at Johns Hopkins University, Cornell University and Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania. Ms. Cimillua received her Bachelor's Degree in Landscape Architecture from Syracuse University/State University of New York; a Master's Degree in Engineering Technology from East Tennessee State University and an MBA from the Cornell University and the Smith School of Business at Queen's University in Canada. She also holds an Associate's Degree in Art/Art Studies from Syracuse University as well as a commercial real estate license from Cornell.

DANIEL NESTER

Executive Assistant to the Vice President

Daniel oversees operations pertaining to the office of the vice president and provides direct support to Maria Cimilluca. A passionate advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, Daniel also supports improving workplace culture. He encourages continued professional development among employees and is an active member of the following: Empowered Strategic Purposeful (ESP) - a professional development group for senior leadership executive assistants, A&F Staff Culture Advisory Council, and he also serves as a liaison for the LGBTQIA Resource Center. Daniel previously worked in Georgia Tech Athletics since 2017. Prior to joining the Institute he worked in student affairs at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He is a 2011 graduate of Virginia Tech.

GILBERT DELGADO

Assistant Vice President for Planning, Design, and Construction

Mr. Delgado joined Georgia Tech in July 2022 from Northeastern University in Boston where he developed campus design standards and led the design and construction of the university's capital campaign.

Mr. Delgado's extensive experience includes project management on the Sacramento Federal Courthouse with the San Francisco office of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). He then served as a portfolio manager on the federal courthouse program and the National Director of the border station programs at GSA's National headquarters in Washington, D.C. After his tenure with the government, he was appointed the University Architect for the Ithaca campus of Cornell University where he oversaw planning, design, and construction and led the efforts for a new campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City. 

In 2016, he was inducted into the American Institute of Architects' College of Fellows for successfully elevating the qualities of architecture and campus design for both the government and academic sectors.

During his time as Chief of Planning, Design and Construction at the University of Toronto, he provided leadership in the delivery of a $2B capital program that included strategic real estate planning, campus planning, and several major building projects across three Toronto locations.  

Mr. Delgado, FAIA, is a graduate of the University of Florida and the University of Miami. 

TOMMY LITTLE

Associate Vice President, Services

Tommy Little has served in I&S leadership roles for more than 25 years. As associate vice president of services, he oversees the following individual departments: Building Services, Fleet Management,  Material Management, Move Management, Solid Waste and Recycling, and Staging. He held a similar role at Auburn University prior to joining Georgia Tech.

He spearheads the team of IT and Support Services professionals implementing Smart Restrooms technology - an enhanced customer service program currently expanding across campus. He is a founding member and inaugural chair of the Staff Council Benefits & Compensation Committee, a founding member of the Healthy Schools Campaign, a member of the Green Clean Schools Leadership Council, and is International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA) Certified.

Mr. Little is a1987 graduate of the Broadwell College of Business & Economics at Fayetteville State University and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.  

 

NEIL FULLER (INTERIM)

Associate Director, Landscape Services 

Neil began his career in landscaping as an installation foreman at Greenscape Environmental Services, performing general maintenance, irrigation, hardscape and softscape installation, and crew management. He regularly spent time at the company's tree farm, where he planted whips, pruned and maintained a wide variety of specimens, and dug mature trees for installation. Neil joined Georgia Tech Landscape Services in July 2013, where he has held the roles of horticultural assistant, interim supervisor, and operations manager. As the interim associate director, Neil oversees Georgia Tech's Landscaping Services Department which includes more than 40 employees and 312 acres of the campus landscape. He has a Category 24 pesticide license and is a Georgia Certified Landscape Professional.

Neil graduated from the University of Georgia in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a minor in Mass Communications. He received his Eagle Scout award in 1999.

 

JEREL HARRIS

Assistant Vice President for Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S)

Jerel Harris has more than 20 years of leading robust health and safety programs. As the assistant vice president of EH&S, he oversees the following departments: Biological Safety, Environmental Programs, Fire Safety, General Safety, Lab and Chemical Safety, Hazardous Materials, and Radiation Safety. He previously served as the Institute's general safety manager and has been with Georgia Tech for 8 years. Prior to Georgia Tech, he was the director of EH&S for Fort Valley State University in Fort Valley, Georgia. He also previously served as the watershed safety manager for the City of Atlanta. 

Jerel holds a Doctorate of Public Health from Georgia Southern University, a Master’s in Environmental, Safety & Health Management and an MBA from the University of Findlay in Ohio and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Safety from the University of Central Oklahoma. He also holds an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Lon Morris College in Jacksonville, Texas.

JIM STEPHENS

Associate Vice President, Infrastructure

Stephens joins from Florida State University (FSU) where he served as the executive director of Utilities, Maintenance, & Engineering. With more than ten years in higher education, he has a proven track record for building strong teams by focusing on shared goals and workforce development.

As an advocate for innovative and collaborative strategies, his accomplishments include an improved fault diagnostic and detection system for campus buildings and the incorporation of a solar farm at FSU that provides more than 20% of the main campus electricity needs.

Originally from Columbia, Tennessee, Stephens began his career at Coats & Clark as a plant engineer in Thomasville, Georgia. 

He is a 1988 graduate of Georgia Tech with a degree in mechanical engineering.

 

DAVID GOLDFARB

Senior Director, Finance

Mr. Goldfarb has been the Director of Financial Administration for Infrastructure and Sustainability at Georgia Tech for the past 14 years, overseeing vital processes such as work order requests, annual budgeting and contract completion. Under his charge the number of contracts administered by the Finance unit has nearly doubled and the unit has implemented major technology system enhancements to improve efficiency. Prior to working at Georgia Tech, Goldfarb worked at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Georgia Power Company. 

JENNIFER CHIRICO

Associate Vice President for Sustainability 

Originally from Atlanta, Jennifer is a lifelong Yellow Jacket bringing 20 years of sustainability experience to Georgia Tech. She holds a Ph.D. in public policy with a major in environmental policy from Georgia Tech, a Master of Science in public health with a major in environmental health, and a Bachelor of Science in management from Georgia Tech.  

She joins us from her previous work in Hawaii as the founder and CEO of Sustainable Pacific, a sustainability consulting firm. Previously, she served as the Executive Director of the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui at the University of Hawai’i where she directed programs in sustainability and served as a bridge for sustainability within the community and to other island nations. Before moving to Hawaii, with a background in finance and management, she worked in Atlanta as a senior consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton and an investment consultant for Hewitt Associates.

In addition to her education, she served as an international trainer for the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and completed trainings and certifications in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), LEED, Home Energy Survey Professional, Zero Waste, and WaterSense. She served as an Adjunct Professor at Hawaii Pacific University in the Global Leadership and Sustainability Development master’s program. She is also a published book author and has written chapters in numerous books on sustainability related to systems thinking, adaptive management, and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals on Leadership for the Collective Wellbeing. 

Chirico plays an integral role in the implementation of the Institute Sustainability Plan and the Climate Action Plan as well as developing the path forward for sustainability at Georgia Tech.