Vice President, Auxiliary Services
Peter Smokowski has spent much of his career at BU, including 15 years at 660 Corporation, a for-profit subsidiary that developed services for the higher education market. While at 660, Smokowski took sales revenue from $13.5 million to $44.5 million. Since serving as Associate Vice President for Administration from 2005 to 2011, his responsibilities have included directing the Agganis Arena, the University’s sports and entertainment venue, the Fitness and Recreation Center, and the University’s relationship with Barnes & Noble Bookstore. Duties also included responsibility for sourcing & procurement and helping the University to buy “green.”
Promoted to Vice President in July 2011, Peter assumed additional oversight of the University’s complex student housing, dining and retail operations; parking & transportation services; events and conferences; and licensing activity of University logos and marks. Peter also served as the project executive for BUWorks, a major multi-year project to replace the University’s legacy financial, human resource, payroll and procurement systems.
Current projects include leading the University’s sustainability initiatives in dining to purchase 25% of all food from local and sustainable sources by 2020; serving as the project executive for the renovation of Myles Standish Hall with an energy efficient, LEED certified design that provides the type of modern amenities and common spaces needed to retain undergraduate students on campus; and implementing a Transportation Demand Management plan as a set of strategies to inform and encourage faculty, staff and student commuters to utilize multiple modes of transportation services and programs.
Auxiliary Services Leadership Team
Marc Robillard, Executive Director for Auxiliary Services, joined the University in 1982 working in the Office of Housing. He held the position of Director of Housing for 23 years. Promoted to Executive Director of Auxiliary Services in 2012, Marc oversees BU Housing and Vending Services and is also responsible for leading special projects related to both housing and dining.
Barb Laverdiere, Director of Dining Services (Aramark), joined Boston University Dining Services in 1987 as Director of Catering. Over the past 28 years Barb has served as Director of Operations and was promoted to Director in 2005. In between her positions at BU, Barb was the General Manager at MIT and District Manager at Brandeis University. Barb currently oversees all residential dining, retail and catering operations on the Charles River Campus as well as the City Convenience stores.
Nishmin Kashyap, Director of Housing, joined Boston University in 2011. Her primary responsibilities are managing Undergraduate Housing, Residential Safety, Residence Services, and The Terrier Card Office. Nishmin is also responsible for leading the implementation of a new online housing system as part of a multi-year effort to upgrade the University’s legacy systems. Prior to her appointment at Boston University, Nishmin worked at Boston College, New York University, and University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Nishmin has 23 years of experience as a Student Affairs/Housing professional.
Billy Hajjar, Director of Parking & Transportation Services, joined the University in 2013 with over 16 years of parking and transportation management experience within the City of Boston. Billy is responsible for parking and transportation services for the Charles River Campus, including the shuttle bus service (The BUS) and implementing the University’s Transportation Demand Management (TDM) program.
Kristoffer Brassil, General Manager at Agganis Arena, joined the University in 2004 as the arena’s Event Manager. He was promoted to Assistant General Manager in 2005 and to General Manager in 2007. Since opening in January of 2005, Agganis Arena has ranked in the top 15 venues worldwide for ticket sales in like size venues as reported by the trade publication Venues Today.
Tim Moore, Executive Director for Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, joined the University in 2012. Tim previously served as the Director of Recreational Sports at MIT for ten years and Miami University (Ohio) for five years. In his current role he oversees the Fitness and Recreation Center (FitRec), Sailing Pavilion, Physical Education and Dance, as well Club and Intramural Sports.
Shane Cutler, General Manger for Events and Conferences, joined the University in 2015. Prior to working at Boston University, Shane was the director for Conference and Event Services at the University of Vermont for over 10 years. Shane’s team supports the coordination of University-wide events, room scheduling of University events, management of summer conference operations, and the coordination of non-University conferences and events throughout the year.
Shawn Stone, Manager of Vending Services, joined the University in 1989. As manager of Vending Services Shawn oversees all appliance rentals, student shipping and storage, as well as laundry and vending machine operations.
Stephen Turco, General Manager Barnes & Noble at Boston University, joined the BU Bookstore in January of 2005. As general manager, Steve is responsible for managing one of New England’s finest academic bookstores serving students, faculty and staff. Prior to joining Barnes and Noble Education, Steve held various retail management positions for Montgomery Ward and Target Stores.
Chris Mathieu, Director of Finance & Business, joined the University in 2003. Chris is the lead fiscal and budget officer for Auxiliary Services’ finance and business functions. He provides leadership, oversight and coordination of all finance, budget and administrative functions, analysis, reporting, and planning within Auxiliary Services. Chris has a wide variety of experience having worked for the Comptroller’s Office, the College of Arts and Sciences Business Office, and Operations within BUMC Facilities Management and Auxiliary Services.
Kevin Dawber, Financial Analyst, joined the University in 2014 with over three years of experience in private sector accounting & finance. Kevin provides support to all units throughout Auxiliary Services focusing on day-to-day accounting functions and various business processes.
Louise Russell, Assistant to the Vice President for Auxiliary Services, joined the University in 2012 with over 35 years of administrative experience in both academia and the private sector. Louise oversees the Office of Auxiliary Services administrative functions.