Vice President, Auxiliary Services

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Peter Smokowski has spent much of his career at BU serving for 15 years at 660 Corporation, a for-profit University subsidiary that developed innovative services for BU and the broader higher education market.  During his tenure at 660, Peter served as Director of Business Development, Vice President for Operations, and President.  He joined Boston University as Assistant Vice President for Administration in 2002 to oversee the $225 million-dollar construction and programming of new sports and recreation facilities within the John Hancock Student Village.  Promoted to Associate Vice President for Administration in 2005, his responsibilities included directing Agganis Arena, the Fitness and Recreation Center, Hotel Commonwealth, and the University’s relationship with Barnes & Noble Bookstore.  Duties also included responsibility for sourcing and procurement and helping the University to buy “green.”

In July of 2011, Peter was appointed Vice President for Auxiliary Services and he assumed additional oversight of the University’s complex student housing, dining, and retail operations; parking and transportation services; events and conferences; and licensing of University trademarks.  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 sustainability and renewal initiatives in student housing and dining services; serving as the project executive for the $133 million-dollar renovation of Myles Standish Hall with an energy efficient LEED certified design; serving as the lead for the relocation of the Barnes & Noble Bookstore, and overseeing implementation of a Transportation Demand Management plan as a set of strategies to inform and encourage student, faculty and staff commuters to utilize sustainable modes of transportation.

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Auxiliary Services Leadership Team

Paul Riel, Associate Vice President, Auxiliary Services, joined Boston University in March of 2018.  Paul provides leadership for a diverse group of auxiliary enterprises including student housing, residential and retail dining services, Terrier card, campus vending and collegiate licensing.  Prior to his appointment at Boston University, Paul served as the Assistant Vice President for Residential and Dining Services at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.  While at Northwestern, Paul developed and managed their $500 million-dollar housing master plan that included renovations, new construction, and the creation of engagement centers within residential spaces.  Paul also had a leadership role in negotiating a comprehensive bid process for a new food service provider.  He co-chaired the Undergraduate Residential Experience Committee, which developed a model to transform the Northwestern undergraduate residential experience.  Before joining Northwestern, Paul spent 15 years at the University of North Florida (UNF) as the Director of Housing and Residence Life, and prior to UNF he worked for 10 years at Jacksonville University.

Marc Robillard, Assistant Vice President, Auxiliary Services, joined the University in 1982 as Assistant Director of Housing and in 1983 was named Associate Director of Housing.  In 1987 Marc was promoted to Director of Housing, a position he held for 23 years.  Promoted to Executive Director of Auxiliary Services in 2011, Marc was responsible for BU Housing and Vending Services and for leading special projects related to both housing, dining and vending operations.  In 2017 Marc was promoted to Assistant Vice President of Auxiliary Services and currently serves as project manager for the renovation of Myles Standish Hall. In addition, Marc oversees project planning for large and small residences and leads improvement initiatives for campus dining, Terrier Card, and housing security systems.  Marc is also responsible for managing the integration of Auxiliary Services functions related to the Wheelock College merger.

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 over 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.   Kris 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 Tim 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. Chris 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, Senior 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.