Vice President for Campus Planning & Operations


Michael Donovan, Esq., manages the University’s real estate portfolio and oversees campus planning, real estate purchases and sales, residential and commercial leasing, building design and construction, and facilities management  for the Charles River, Fenway, and Medical Campuses as well other domestic and international locations of Boston University.

In this role, Michael oversees the following offices:

Facilities Management & Operations provides the day-to-day maintenance services necessary to support the University’s physical operations. This department is comprised of hundreds of skilled trades workers, engineers, and custodians, who maintain and improve Boston University’s campuses to ensure a clean, attractive, safe, and sanitary environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

Planning, Design & Construction is the starting point for all Boston University building development and renovation projects. The Planning team provides support in the development of long and short-term campus planning studies and initiatives that support the University’s strategic plan as well as institutional master planning in conjunction with the City of Boston Article 80 guidelines and other municipalities. The Design & Construction teams, consisting of the Annual Capital and Major Capital Project groups, provide administrative and project management services to schools, colleges, and departments related to new construction, renovations, and improvements to campus infrastructure.

Informatics & Strategic Initiatives works to facilitate and advance process improvement initiatives, systems, and communication strategies for Campus Planning & Operations. In addition, this division is responsible for the management of a comprehensive program for collecting, maintaining, analyzing, and managing the University’s space utilization information for all academic, research, and administrative units on and off-campus, that occupy over 15 million gross square feet in 370+ properties domestically and internationally.

Real Estate is responsible for property acquisition and disposition, residential leasing for graduate students, faculty, and staff apartments, as well as the management and oversight of the international real estate, real estate gift transactions, and University-owned commercial properties, including all leasing and project development.