Senior Vice President, Operations


Gary W. Nicksa, BS, MST, CPA, joined Boston University in 2005, following a 25-year career of financial and operations management in education and industry, including serving as the chief financial officer for Newbury College and for Buckingham Browne and Nichols School, vice president for Finance at Keith Properties, Inc, and, most recently, senior vice president for The Chickering Group, an Aetna Company.

Promoted to Senior Vice President in July 2011, Nicksa assumed additional oversight for student housing, dining, other auxiliary activities, and the university’s budget development and planning while continuing his responsibilities for campus planning, real estate development, facility services, and business affairs of the professional schools located on the Boston University Medical Campus (BUMC).

Operations Leadership Team:

 Peter Smokowski, Vice President for Auxiliary Services, leads the University’s many and complex auxiliary operations serving our community, including but not limited to the student housing and dining operations, transportation, vending, conferences, and other supporting enterprises such as the Campus Convenience Stores, Agganis Arena, the Fitness and Recreation Center, and Barnes & Noble @ BU.

Derek Howe, Vice President for Budget & Capital Planning, jointly reports to Mr. Nicksa and the University Provost, guiding and supporting the University’s strategic and budget planning processes, including oversight of all institutional research activities. 
Michael Donovan, Vice President for Real Estate & Facility Services manages the University’s real estate portfolio and will oversee campus planning, real estate purchases and sales, residential and commercial leasing, building design and construction, and facilities management.
Tom Daley, Associate Vice President for Facilities Management & Planning, oversees the University’s complex physical environment that includes planning and design, construction, repair and maintenance of the nearly 300 buildings on the Charles River Campus as well as assistance and coordinated support on Boston University’s Medical Campus.
Walt Meissner, Associate Vice President for Operations, oversees and coordinates a number of major projects on behalf of the Senior Vice President including serving as Project Executive for construction of the new Student Services Center at 100 Bay State Road and working with senior leadership on coordinating and directing other capital and strategic planning projects of interest.
Paul Rinaldi, Assistant Vice President for Planning & Design, jointly reports to the Senior Vice President and the Associate Vice President for Facilities Management and Planning to direct and coordinate a staff of professional space planners and designers serving academic and administrative clients throughout the University.  In addition, oversees the engagement of consultants and external architectural firms as necessary to meet project demands.